Queensland privacy commissioner says proposal is unprecedented and demands ‘proper debate’ about security ‘trade-off’

Queensland’s privacy commissioner has said any proposal to link a national database of photographs to public surveillance in real time could open the door to “more scary surveillance”.

The commissioner, Philip Green, praised the federal Attorney General Department’s handling of moves towards a new national regime around access to driver licence data, including photos, which he said would enhance privacy by deterring identity theft.

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