Australian gambling venues are planning to install facial recognition technology in all pubs and clubs in the state of New South Wales. The technology is supposedly aimed at keeping people with self-imposed gambling bans from gambling.
and the Australian Hotels Association NSW said a facial recognition surveillance system will be installed in all hotels and clubs in NSW next year. The system will scan the faces of everyone entering the gaming area and check them against a list of
people who have registered in the self-exclusion system.
Close to 100 clubs are already using this technology and the feedback is that it works, said ClubsNSW CEO Josh Landis.
Greens MP Cate Faehrmann criticized the move:
The NSW government has lost its mind if it thinks people want pubs and clubs to have self-managed facial recognition tech. This is as terrifying as it is absurd.