We Are Watching You Drink Craft Beer

Caution: Tinfoil hat needed to read the below

After the New Zealand Beer Festival in Auckland I raised the issue of the public and also staff being filmed without their knowledge and how that footage could be stored, have facial recognition software used on it, and cross referenced with all footage of you purchasing alcohol. Seems a bit “1984” or “Minority Report” and it is happening very quickly, with no one saying anything about privacy.

This morning the NZ Herald ran a story which takes this prediction a step closer.

CCTV plan to watch you

Privacy fears over facial recognition under police-council deal.

A city-wide surveillance network of CCTV cameras is being stitched together in Auckland as the forerunner of a national system which could include facial recognition technology.

…He said discussions acknowledged the capabilities of new technologies in networked CCTV, including facial recognition and automatic number plate recognition.

…A 2012 survey found 93 per cent* of Kiwis believed it was acceptable for police to use facial recognition technology to help identify people from security camera footage.

…Police will be allowed access under a set of conditions and will be able to carry out surveillance of specific individuals under some circumstances.

Auckland Council Camera Surveillance Systems in Public Places – MOU

*WOW!! I have trouble believing that you can get 93% of a group of people to find anything is acceptable these days. Love to know what the question(s) in the survey  for them to get 93% saying police using facial recognition technology was OK.

This issue is bigger than the New Zealand Beer Festival. It is bigger than you being watched every time you make an alcohol purchase. (If) Once this network of CCTV is setup, uses facial recognition, automated, and the council and police need more funds to run it, then they can sell the content to advertisers or anyone that has a service or product. The most money wins. See Big Pharma

I need to give this some more thought. CCTV will be great in the short term for cleaning up “problem areas in the city”. Once these areas are cleaned up, guess what this resource could possibly be used for? 14 standard drinks per week for a male would be able to be enforced.

In the mean time check out “Person of Interest” and make sure you put that little piece of black tap over your webcam.

You are being watched. The government has a secret system, a machine that spies on you every hour of every day. I designed the machine to detect acts of terror but it sees everything. Violent crimes involving ordinary people. The Government considers these people “irrelevant”. We don’t. Hunted by the authorities, we work in secret. You’ll never find us, but victim or perpetrator, if your number’s up… we’ll find you