September 22, 2020

Volume X, Number 266

September 22, 2020

Subscribe to Latest Legal News and Analysis

September 21, 2020

Subscribe to Latest Legal News and Analysis

Poker Face: Problem Gamblers Being Identified Through Facial Recognition Technology

Facial Recognition Technology (FRT) is being used by the popular SkyCity Adelaide Casino to detect barred gamblers, according to a report by Adelaide Now.

The FRT is capable of identifying even those attempting to conceal their identities with hats and sunglasses, with one staff member detected by her smile. According to the report, casino staff escorted barred gamblers off premises following identification using the FRT, before asking the relevant gambler whether they are in contact with their counsellors. The report states that detected problem gamblers were almost always appreciative of staff’s intervention.

The capacity for FRT to address social ills such as problem gambling appears to have been acknowledged by the legislature, with the report indicating that changes mandating the use of FRT in gambling venues may be on the way. Individuals will be added to the Consumer and Business Services database of barred gamblers at their own request or where the Gambling Commissioner believes the person will cause serious harm to themselves or their family. We think the detection of roughly one barred gambler per week has made SkyCity’s investment in FRT worthwhile.

However, despite the rehabilitative value of FRT with respect to addressing problem gambling, ethical concerns have been raised by those who feel that such surveillance measures are evocative of oppressive, Orwellian regimes. Indeed, we acknowledge the potential for authoritarian controllers to misuse such technology by limiting the freedoms of their subjects. Further concerns have been expressed about the technology’s efficacy, as Forbes reports that a trial of facial recognition technology by the London Metropolitan Police had a success rate of just 19%.

Co-Authored by  James Gray

Copyright 2020 K & L GatesNational Law Review, Volume IX, Number 365


About this Author

Cameron Abbott, Technology, Attorney, Australia, corporate, KL Gates Law Firm

Mr. Abbott is a corporate lawyer who focuses on technology, telecommunications and broadcasting transactions. He assists corporations and vendors in managing their technology requirements and contracts, particularly large outsourcing and technology procurements issues including licensing terms for SAP and Oracle and major system integration transactions.

Mr. Abbott partners with his clients to ensure market leading solutions are implemented in to their businesses. He concentrates on managing and negotiating complex technology solutions, which...

Max Evans Lawyer technology matters, Software as a Service Agreements SaaS Sydney

Mr. Evans is a corporate and transactional lawyer with a focus on information technology and outsourcing. He provides assistance on a broad range of technology matters, including Software as a Service Agreements (SaaS), terms and conditions for software products and platforms as well as software procurement and outsourcing projects. Mr. Evans also provides assistance with technology and privacy aspects of mergers and acquisitions transactions.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Evans worked in the insolvency and bankruptcy practice of a Boutique Insolvency Law Firm in Sydney for two years.