Face matching bill passes lower house despite privacy concerns

Digital ID precursor legislation that provides a legal basis for the government to operate its document and face matching systems has passed the lower house despite privacy concerns from the Greens and a handful of legal and digital rights groups.

The Identity Verification Services Bill was debated in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, with the Greens unsuccessful moving amendments to prevent the bill from being passed until the Privacy Act is reformed.

The legislation put forward by the government will govern the operation of its identity verification services, including the Face Verification Service – which is necessary for an expansion of the digital identity scheme – and the Document Verification Service (DVS).

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