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Aussie stadiums investigated over use of ‘extremely concerning’ facial recognition technology

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Australian stadiums playing host to the biggest concerts and sporting events in the country have been called out over their use of facial recognition cameras.

Consumer group CHOICE claims consumers have been left in the dark by the controversial Technology, which can be used to collect “sensitive” data and is often deployed “without consumers’ knowledge or consent”.

Facial recognition technology (FRT) involves the use of cameras to collect and remember a person’s “unique faceprint” and clothing.

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“It is extremely concerning that FRT is being used at major concert and sporting venues across the country without any kind of clear information for consumers about where, how and why it is being used,” CHOICE consumer data advocate Kate Bower said.

The group said it analysed the privacy policies and conditions of entry of ten stadiums and stadium operators around Australia, finding many allowed for the use of facial recognition.

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