Brisbane public transportation may use biometrics

A privacy group has spoken out against recommendations that the Brisbane public transportation service use biometrics to identify passengers when they purchase their fare, according to a report by CIO.

Cubic Transportation Systems, the US firm that operates Queensland’s Go Card system for TransLink as well as developed London’s Oyster card technology, is running proof of concept trials of facial recognition, palm vein scanning and object tracking in its London lab in order to reduce queues.

The Australian Privacy Foundation last week issued a statement on the potential biometric scanning of Brisbane passengers, calling it “a danger to civil rights and privacy”. BIOMETRIC UPDATE

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