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Doorbell Cameras Help to Spy on Police

Two leaked documents show how a monitoring tool used by police has been turned against them.

The rise of the internet-connected home security camera has generally been a boon to police, as owners of these devices can (and frequently do) share footage with cops at the touch of a button. But according to a leaked FBI bulletin, law enforcement has discovered an ironic downside to ubiquitous privatized surveillance: The cameras are alerting residents when police show up to conduct searches.

Source: Doorbell Cameras Like Ring Give Early Warning of Police Searches, FBI Warned

Lincolnshire Police to trial new CCTV tech that can tell if you’re in a mood

New facial-recognition technology enabling people’s moods to be picked up by CCTV is set to be trialled by Lincolnshire Police.

Officers will be able to enter searches for people wearing hats and glasses – and can even find those showing a certain mood or expression.

Source: Lincolnshire Police to trial new CCTV tech that can tell if you’re in a mood – Lincolnshire Live

A New Map Shows the Inescapable Creep of Surveillance

The Atlas of Surveillance shows which tech law enforcement agencies across the country have acquired. It’s a sobering look at the present-day panopticon.

A collaboration between the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the University of Nevada, Reno, Reynolds School of Journalism, the Atlas of Surveillance offers an omnibus look not only at what technologies law enforcement agencies deploy, but where they do it.

Source: A New Map Shows the Inescapable Creep of Surveillance | WIRED

Glasses Equipped With Facial Recognition Are Coming

New York-based Vuzix is selling augmented reality headsets to identify suspects.

In February, Gizmodo reported that Vuzix was working with Clearview AI to bring its billion-person facial recognition to Vuzix’s AR glasses. (Clearview said at the time that the app was just a prototype.)

Vuzix also recently announced that it was working with a company called TensorMark to bring facial recognition to the company’s headsets. Vuzix is pitching its product as a solution not just for security, but also border patrol, first responders, retail, hospitality, and banking.

Facial recognition in an AR headset raises all the same issues as the technology when deployed in CCTV cameras, including privacy and accuracy. But the small form factor also begs new questions, like what shortcuts might have been taken to run facial recognition algorithms on smaller, weaker computing chips? Do matches get double-checked by anyone?

Source: Glasses Equipped With Facial Recognition Are Coming

Some shirts hide you from cameras—but will anyone wear them?

It’s theoretically possible to become invisible to cameras. But can it catch on?

The idea of using the “ugly shirt” to render oneself invisible to cameras has been a part of science fiction for a decade or more. But today, there are indeed computer scientists and artists working to make invisibility as simple as a shirt or a scarf… in theory, at least.

Full article: Some shirts hide you from cameras—but will anyone wear them? | Ars Technica

Body temperature cameras fuse security with virus screening technology

Cybersecurity and visuals tech company, Platinum CCTV, has unveiled a new thermoptic cybersecurity camera designed to help screen individuals before they enter a facility, to guard against cyber threats and the spread of infectious diseases.

The PT-BF5421-T Thermal/Visible Hybrid IP Security Camera is the next generation in business cybersecurity, providing accurate body temperature readings of plus/minus 0.3 degrees Celsius, while alerting staff to institute facility protocols when needed. Each thermal image is clearly seen and read up to three meters away, with both visible and audible signals sent whenever a high body temperature is detected.

Source: #Privacy: Body temperature cameras fuse security with virus screening technology – PrivSec Report

Ring’s work with police lacks solid evidence of reducing crime

Amazon pushes Ring as a crime-fighting tool. Data from three of Ring’s earliest police partnerships doesn’t back up that claim.

The data shows that crime continued to fluctuate, and analysts said that while many factors affect crime rates, such as demographics, median income and weather, Ring’s technology likely wasn’t one of them.

Source: Ring’s work with police lacks solid evidence of reducing crime – CNET

CJEU Considers the Use of CCTV and Legitimate Interests

With the use of CCTV on the rise, it has become increasingly important for controllers to find a framework in which the conflicting rights of those who are subject to such surveillance are balanced.

In its recent decision of TK v Asociaţia de Proprietari bloc M5A-ScaraAmonit, the CJEU considered whether the processing carried out by CCTV cameras was necessary and proportionate for the purposes of legitimate interests pursued by the controller. The CJEU re-emphasised that the legitimate interests condition requires processing to apply only so far as “strictly necessary”.

Source: CJEU Considers the Use of CCTV and Legitimate Interests

Scotland Yard makes first arrest using live facial recognition technology

A woman arrested in Westminster, London yesterday has become the first to be apprehended by Metropolitan Police using its facial recognition technology.

The suspect was wanted in connection with a serious assault on an emergency worker.

Source: Met Police make first arrest using facial recognition technology | Daily Mail Online

Hiding in plain sight: activists don camouflage to beat Met surveillance

Privacy campaigners bid to beat police facial recognition plans by wearing ‘dazzle’ makeup. Wearing makeup has long been seen as an act of defiance, from teenagers to New Romantics. Now that defiance has taken on a harder edge, as growing numbers of people use it to try to trick facial recognition systems.

Unlike fingerprinting and DNA testing, there are few restrictions on how police can use the new technology. And some of those who are concerned have decided to assert their right not to be put under surveillance with the perhaps unlikely weapon of makeup.

Source: Hiding in plain sight: activists don camouflage to beat Met surveillance | World news | The Guardian

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