The technology behind a $1.3bn technology that could give law enforcement agencies more detailed information about suspects can be a big headache for police.
The technology was developed by a company called Amber, and the company is also being sued by the Australian Federal Police.
Amber’s technology allows police to look for the presence of illegal drugs or explosives in vehicles, and can also identify people who have been seen using the technology to purchase drugs.
However, it has been criticised by privacy groups and politicians.
Some have questioned whether the technology will be used to identify drug dealers, or to track down missing children.
Earlier this month, Amber’s CEO Peter Breen told Parliament that the technology could be used in conjunction with other technologies, such as the National Crime Agency’s facial recognition database, which has been used to track criminals.
It would allow law enforcement to get “very precise information on a very large scale, on very small areas, for very long periods of time”.
The Australian Federal Government’s Privacy Commissioner, Scott Morrison, has also questioned the potential use of Amber tracking devices, and has called on the Federal Government to review the use of the technology.
“We want the privacy of Australians to be paramount, and this technology will not allow that,” he said.
Mr Morrison said Amber tracking would only be used when law enforcement officers believed there was a risk of harm to the public.
“There’s a very significant risk of the information being used to make a false arrest,” he told Parliament.
Federal Attorney-General George Brandis said the Federal Police would not be using Amber tracking technology.
“We have been clear that Amber tracking is an information technology, it’s not a criminal investigative technique,” he tweeted.
He said the technology was only being used by law enforcement and it was up to the police to decide how to use it.
“If you have a concern about how information will be collected, or how the information will come to you, you can make that decision with the law enforcement agency,” he added.
“It is up to them to ensure it is only used in a way that will protect the public, and is consistent with the privacy rights and freedoms that we have.”