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I heard the other day, Judith Collins on radio demanding a review, raising the alarm on privacy blah blah blah. Be assured, if Nats were the govt/corporation Judith would be quietly ushering in $9 million worth of the exact same thing seeing as we have a shadow govt/corp and all. And … Adern would be parroting what Collins is saying right now. It’s all farcical and many of us see right through it. All globalist puppets, and Collins posing as opposition. It is all created that way to make you think you have a choice every three years. EWR
Police have been quietly setting up a $9 million facial recognition system that can take a live feed from CCTV cameras and identify people from it.
This would push New Zealand into new territory for tracking citizens.
It will be run by a non-police contractor – US firm Dataworks Plus – and collect 15,000 facial images a year, with that expected to expand up to 10-fold.
Some of this information is contained in an Official Information Act (OIA) response police provided to Stuff last year, but tried to withhold from RNZ last week, until a complaint was made to the Ombudsman.
Police conducted a trial of controversial facial recognition software without consulting their own bosses or the Privacy Commissioner.
The American firm Clearview AI’s system, which is used by hundreds of police departments in the United States and several other countries, is effectively a search engine for faces – billing itself as a crime-fighting tool to identify perpetrators and victims.
New Zealand Police first contacted the firm in January, and later set up a trial of the software, according to documents RNZ obtained under the Official Information Act. However, the high tech crime unit handling the technology appears to have not sought the necessary clearance before using it.
Privacy Commissioner John Edwards, who was not aware police had trialled Clearview Al when RNZ contacted him, said he would expect to be briefed on it before a trial was underway. He said Police Commissioner Andrew Coster told him he was also unaware of the trial.
London’s Metropolitan police are stopping citizens who attempt to hide their faces from facial recognition technology at Stratford Station. Police, under siege from advocacy group backlash, put out a statement saying “anyone who declines to be scanned will not necessarily be viewed as suspicious.” But even this statement may not be true.
Campaign group Big Brother Watch says that a man who viewed facial recognition warning signs near the station used a ski mask to hide his face. Police used facial technology cameras while inside a parked police van.
“He simply pulled up the top of his jumper over the bottom of his face, put his head down and walked past,” said director Silkie Carlo.
“There was nothing suspicious about him at all … you have the right to avoid [the cameras], you have the right to cover your face. I think he was exercising his rights.”
Carlo, speaking to the Independent, said that she witnessed plainclothes police follow the man and eventually confront him. According to Carlo, the police demanded the man show his identification. The man turned over his id, but Carlo says the police remained in an “accusatory and aggressive” mode.
“The guy told them to p*** off and then they gave him the £90 public order fine for swearing,” Ms. Carlo added. “He was really angry.”
London Police Claim Facial Recognition Technology Stops Are Judgment Calls
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan police says that officers are told to “use their judgment” when citizens hide their face from recognition cameras.
“Officers stopped a man who was seen acting suspiciously in Romford town centre during the deployment of the live facial recognition technology,” a statement said.
“After being stopped the man became aggressive and made threats towards officers. He was issued with a penalty notice for disorder as a result.”
In other words, the man on trial for using the “F word.” The police arrested eight people on the same day by way of this technology. The crimes the people were wanted for varied.
Witnesses claim that people are commonly being pulled over for pulling up hoodies or shirts to cover their faces.
Liberty human rights group say that one man was stopped for “looking like someone” on a government watchlist. The person was misidentified.
London officials will continue to tout their successes, which are those facial recognition efforts that result in the arrest of violent criminals. Unfortunately, the exchange of privacy for more safety and security hardly results in more safety and security. Consequently, citizens will end up under a nanny state that monitors and tracks. That’s already the case in the UK and a result many in the United States hope for.