05 Oct Privacy Group Blasts Brisbane Transport Biometrics
Last week, the Australian Privacy Foundation balked at the idea of users being scanned for biometric data when using the Brisbane public transport system.
Queensland’s Go Card system operator Cubic Transportation, is currently running trials that involve palm vein scanning and facial recognition. According to Cubic engineer Niosha Kayhani, using biometric technology in mass transit will significantly improve services and revenue collection.
However, the privacy group called the plan a “danger to privacy and civil rights”. Spokesman for the group Justin Clacherty questioned why such invasive technology is being established without consultation. He additionally pointed out that a sensible discussion with stakeholders should first be carried out.