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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