Stilgherrian, a veteran cyber-security journalist and privacy expert, who goes by one name, told The Telegraph the proposal could see the government “have a list of every porn site you have chosen to visit”.
“The Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security said ‘no, the privacy controls are not good enough’ yet (Home Affairs Minister) Dutton wants to push ahead. They are brainstorming on what they can do with facial recognition technology without thinking about the downsides,” he said.
The Australian proposal comes as authorities in many cities across the United States are debating the use of facial recognition systems in surveillance by police departments. Earlier this year San Francisco became the first major US city to ban the technology.
Last month, a British court ruled that police use of facial recognition systems does not violate privacy and human rights.
While Boris Johnson’s Government has dropped its “porn block” plan, earlier this month the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Matt Warman, said the British government could use facial recognition to verify age to access pornographic material “so long as there is an appropriate concern for privacy”.