Tasmanians "have the right to be upset and concerned" over a decision to record their facial characteristics as a means of tackling identity fraud, Labor justice spokeswoman Ella Haddad says.
Ms Haddad's comments come after it was revealed the government had begun uploading Tasmanians' identifying facial features to a "segregated system" by gleaning data from driver licences, including those belonging to teenagers as young as 16.
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The move forms part of a national push, agreed on during a Council of Australian Governments meeting in 2017, to share and match identity information across jurisdictions as a means of fighting identity crime.
Federal legislation is yet to be passed, but Tasmania and Victoria have started gathering the necessary data in anticipation of the bill's passage.
Ms Haddad said the state government's decision was "very concerning".
"I am sure many Tasmanians aren't aware that these details are being collected for use by government agencies," she said.
"People have the right to be upset and concerned.
"The government should have consulted with Tasmanians and experts in this field before implementing the process."
Tasmanian Greens senator Nick McKim said the state government should "immediately" end its involvement in the facial recognition push.
"People have not given informed consent to be part of this facial recognition database," Senator McKim said.
"This is surveillance state stuff and is a gross infringement on our right to privacy."
The government says notices regarding the Face Matching Service are on all licence applications and renewal forms.
"Strict controls are in place for access to, and the use of this service," a government spokesperson has previously said. "Importantly, all images continue to be owned and managed by the agency that issues the identity document."