Law enforcement faces up to new $18.5m weapon on crime

Tony Rodgers/The Daily

LET'S face it - if you're a crim, chances are science will land you in jail.

Identity thieves including terrorists will be the targets of Australia's newest weapon on crime but the Federal Government has moved to allay any fears over privacy breaches.

Police and government agencies will use the $18.5 million National Facial Biometric Matching Capability system to share and match photographs on ID documents such as passports to establish the identities of terror, murder and other criminal suspects.

Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan said the "one-to-one image-based verification service" would allow police and law agencies to match one photograph of an unknown person against many photographs contained in government records.

"This process will expedite putting a name to the face of terror suspects, murderers and armed robbers and will also help to detect fraud cases involving criminals that use multiple identities," he said.

Mr Keenan said program would operate under the Privacy Act 1988 and agencies would need to have legislative authority to collect and use facial images.

"The capability is being established with strong privacy safeguards, informed by independent privacy impact assessments," he said.

"This initiative does not involve new powers for the Commonwealth - it's simply a mechanism to share existing information already held by jurisdictions."


Topics:  crime police science

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

GRAPHIC IMAGE ALERT: Water skier's grizzly river discovery

A Goodna resident has taken a photograph of an animal that was possibly the victim of a shark attack in the Brisbane River.

Bull shark suspected after carcass left with chunk missing

OPINION: The NRL's hypocrisy over Matthew Lodge and racism

Should Matthew Lodge be playing football after assaulting and abusing five people?

Is allowing Matthew Lodge to play football redemption or hypocrisy?

Pensioner group responds to aged-care hotel change proposal

INCREASE: Council of the Ageing Queensland says the Metro Hotel Ipswich International's transformation into an aged-care facility would boost services.

Metro's change to nursing home 'speeds up new-bed process'

Local Partners