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    ABC News (Australia): Welfare cash tracking raises privacy fears

    ABC News in Australia reports on a proposal that raises substantial privacy questions:

    The Federal Government is considering implementing a system that would see welfare spending monitored through the use of debit cards.

    The cards would only allow people to buy certain products, such as food and household goods. […]

    “… there could be the possibility of tracking the lifestyles of people who receive social security payments and making judgments about how they use their money and surveilling what they do,” [said Welfare Rights Centre director Maree O’Halloran.]

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