May 16, 2022

Australia: “Concerns Library Patron’s Privacy Being Breached by Facial Recognition Surveillance”

The privacy issue re: cameras/facial recognition was discussed on an Australian radio program today.  You can listen to the complete program and/or download it here.

Below, you’ll also find links to couple of  conference papers on cameras in libraries that we first shared a couple of years ago.

Radio Blurb

There’s concern facial recognition technology being used on some Queensland library patrons invades privacy and may break the law.

The Toowoomba Regional Council is trialling the biometric software but Brisbane and some other councils are considering adopting it too.The Toowoo

Toowoomba Council denies it’s breaching privacy, but lawyers say it’s moving Australia closer to a biometric database.

Listen to the Radio Program

Reading List

See Also: “The Panoptic Librarian: The Role of Video Surveillance in the Modern Public Library” (February 1, 2014) and

Video Surveillance in Public Libraries: A Case of Unintended Consequences?” (February 1, 2014)

See Also: A Retreat from the Panoptic: One Public Library’s Experience with Video Surveillance
Same authors as papers listed above. From 2014-2015.

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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.