Australians forced to download an app that combines facial recognition and geolocation

By Conor Friedersdorf – The Atlantic: If Australia indefinitely forbids its own citizens from leaving its borders, strands tens of thousands of its citizens abroad, puts strict rules on intrastate travel, prohibits citizens from leaving home without an excuse from an official government list, mandates masks even when people are outdoors and socially distanced, deploys the military to enforce those rules, bans protest, and arrests and fines dissenters, is that country still a liberal democracy?

Returning travellers to South Australia quarantining at home are now forced to download an app that combines facial recognition and geolocation.

The state will text them at random times, and thereafter they will have 15 minutes to take a picture of their face in the location where they are supposed to be. Should they fail, the local police will be sent to follow up in person.

“We don’t tell them how often or when, on a random basis they have to reply within 15 minutes,” Premier Steven Marshall explained. “I think every South Australian should feel pretty proud that we are the national pilot for the home-based quarantine app.”

Read the full story – Australia traded away too much liberty –  at The Atlantic.