Facebook photos to be used by Australian law enforcement agencies for national surveillance database
If you thought Facebook was just about sharing with your friends and near and dear ones you are in for a surprise. Facebook is also used by the law enforcement agencies to identify criminals, terrorists and other anti-social elements. However this was being done unofficially.
Australia will become the first country to use Facebook photos officially for law enforcement purpose. Photos from social media websites like Facebook could be used in an Australian counter-terrorism database. Senior officials from the attorney general’s office confirmed late on Tuesday that photos from social media could be used in the system, which is known as “the capability,” the Guardian reports.
The patch from the massive anti terrorism database was laid when Australian Justice Minister, Michael Keenan, announced last month that the government would be spending US$13.3 million to develop a database (The National Facial Biometric Matching Capability), which would store still images that law enforcement officers could use to track terrorists.
Are we still a free country?
Edited by Queen-Evie, 22 October 2015 - 05:02 PM.
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