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Australia to create photo ID database to help track terror suspects

Thursday, October 05, 2017 - 01:14

Australian police will create a national photo database to identify terror suspects caught on video surveillance in public places, according to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. No reporter narration.

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(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Australian police will create a national photo database they will use to immediately identify terror suspects caught on video surveillance in public places, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Thursday (October 5). The proposal will replace a time-consuming matching system where identifications are done by state authorities, but stops short of offering real-time face detection that could scan large crowds and alert authorities of people on a watch list as is possible in China. Turnbull said Australia's network of closed-circuit televisions would not be connected to the new database, easing fears that the country was seeking to create an automated system of detection. Australia, a staunch U.S. ally, is on heightened alert for terror incidences following a series of lone-wolf attacks, but Turnbull said police are hampered by the outdated, state-based systems which can take up to a week to identify suspects. The new database was unveiled as Turnbull met with state leaders where it was agreed Australia will double the length of time a terror suspect can be held by police after being arrested to two weeks. Australia's detention laws came into focus earlier this year following the arrest of four men on suspicion of planning an "Islamic-inspired" plot to bring down a plane.

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Australia to create photo ID database to help track terror suspects

Thursday, October 05, 2017 - 01:14