The State Government is quietly expanding a network of high-tech sensors which allows departments to covertly pinpoint the movement of West Australians through their mobile phones.
The West Australian can reveal that two major government departments are using forms of wireless network detectors to monitor people through their phones, including on our roads and at some tourism spots.
The collected data is encrypted and anonymous, and so cannot be used to identify an individual.
But nevertheless, the revelation which emerged through Parliament questions has prompted concern from a leading cybersecurity expert that the State Government’s secret rollout around Perth had exposed people to digital vulnerabilities.
Main Roads revealed it had spent almost $2 million on installing wireless detectors across the Perth road network, which count devices with bluetooth in discovery mode to get live traffic data.