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You've been warned: Widespread US face surveillance is ‘imminent reality', says tech privacy report


Added 05-18-19 08:37:02am EST - “Georgetown researchers are warning Americans about a sophisticated real-time face surveillance system that's about to become an "imminent reality" for millions of citizens across the country.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “You’ve been warned: Widespread US face surveillance is ‘imminent reality’, says tech privacy report”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The ‘America Under Watch’ report is a warning that authorities in select US cities may soon be able to pick you out from a crowd, identify you, and trace your movements via a secret network of cameras constantly capturing images of your face.

The report claims both Detroit and Chicago purchased software from a South Carolina company, DataWorks Plus, that gives police the ability to scan live video from cameras located at businesses, health clinics, schools, and apartment buildings. Both cities say they are not currently using the technology.

Facial recognition software has proven problematic for violating ppl’s civil liberties and discriminating against Black people and (to a lesser extent), other POC. Seems like a waste of an investment given the composition of the city of #Detroit.

I think it's helpful to treat privacy like a form of environmental health. Violations of privacy are sometimes individual, and always collective.

DataWorks says it provides software which “provides continuous screening and monitoring of live video streams.” The system is also designed to operate on “not less than 100 concurrent video feeds.”

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