Perth smart security cameras

Perth Mimics Beijing with Smart ‘Security’ Cameras

It remains unclear why the city of Perth needs facial recognition technology to keep its citizens safe.

Similar technology is used in China’s major cities. But its use in crime fighting is dwarfed by its use to control Chinese citizens’ behaviour.

The smart cameras are, in fact, integral in building China’s Orwellian social credit system. This system is intended to value and bring about better individual behaviour. And it can block people from travelling not just internationally, but outside of their cities.

The implementation of this kind of privacy eroding technology is a treacherously slippery slope. One that requires great trust not only in today’s government, but in all the governments to come…forever.

Nonetheless, smart cameras capable of holding facial recognition technology will be installed across Perth.

Personal Data in the Hands of Private Contractors

The AAP reports that the city council is calling for tenders for the installation and monitoring of the CCTV devices. That would place a lot of highly personal data — your precise locations and travel times — in the hands of private contractors.

A notice on the council website states, ‘Tenders are invited to design, supply, install, and support smart devices as part of the Smart Cities Program.’

So the next time you’re in Perth, remember to smile for the cameras. And to kiss your privacy goodbye.

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Bernd Struben

Bernd Struben

Bernd Struben is the lead editor at The Australian Tribune. Bernd makes use of his extensive network to bring you the top stories you need to know about each day. Stories the mainstream may miss. Or bury somewhere you’re unlikely to ever read them. Bernd studied aerospace engineering and journalism at the University of Michigan, before graduating with a degree in economics. Over the past two decades he’s worked in media, management, and finance in the US, the Caribbean, Europe, and Australia. His other role, as the editor of the Port Phillip Insider, puts him in a unique position to read Australia’s most exclusive financial advice. Some of which he shares with readers of The Australian Tribune for free.
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