The Government has announced it is spending $18.5 million on what has been hailed as Australia’s newest national security weapon – facial recognition technology.

The Capability – short for The National Facial Biometric Matching Capability – will allow law enforcement and security agencies to quickly scan through up to 100 million facial images held in databases around Australia.

The images can come from drivers’ licences, passport photos or security cameras in your local shopping centre, and the technology works because your face is unique, like your fingerprints.

Justice Minister Michael Keenan said The Capability had been informed by independent privacy assessments and will help combat identity fraud and theft as well as terrorism and organised crime.

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