Warning for councils on CCTV data risks

A privacy expert is calling for a national review by councils of the public safety benefits of CCTV cameras after an audit found surveillance data were vulnerable to privacy breaches.  

Australia to trial world first city surveillance system

Australian cities will be a test bed for ‘next generation security’ systems that will combine live video with advanced real-time analytics for a level of surveillance impossible with current technology. ICT vendor NEC Australia, a major supplier of biometric software to government, has partnered with Silicon Valley vision analytics startup CrowdOptic to develop the technology. […]

Effective security means better systems

The Australian urban streetscape has long featured video surveillance via high definition cameras. But there is more to security than high quality hardware – you need the right systems and techniques behind it. Many countries are now stepping up their security in terms of technology, budget and the number and skills of people involved in […]

All aboard the surveillance express (Opinion)

To nobody’s surprise the special COAG anti-terrorism meeting has endorsed the Federal Government’s plans to vastly increase the apparatus of the surveillance state. The leaders of all Australia’s states and territories have agreed to the establishment of a national facial recognition system, based on the photographs and personal information contained on driver’s licences. They have […]

Queensland police expand drive-by number plate surveillance

By Paul Hemsley and Julian Bajkowski The Queensland government has expanded its use of Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology to controversially include unmarked police vehicles that will be tasked to silently snoop-out car registration details as they drive-by alleged crime hot spots. The government says the drive-by surveillance technology is being deployed as part […]

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