A new surveillance infrastructure is underway in the U.K, with millions of facial recognition cameras already being installed across British streets.
A new facial recognition camera, which sits inside street lights, consists of two lenses with two other indeterminate features that serve as the nose and mouth. The cameras also hang from a pole ringed with spikes to protect its hardware.
Millions of these cameras have quietly been installed throughout Britain in recent months. The cameras are made by a Chinese state-affiliated company, Dahua, and are equipped with controversial facial recognition software, a technology favored by Beijing and other totalitarian regimes.
British people are notoriously private and are known for being anti ID cards, which they say the government could use to track them and their activities. But despite this dislike for being tracked, the country seems to be sleepwalking into becoming the most surveilled nation in the world.
If you were to ask the average Brit, which country was the one most likely to snoop on its citizens they would likely say China. But the UK is not far behind and what is perhaps more worrying, is that the tech being used is being supplied by China and in many instances by a company well known for its cybersecurity vulnerabilities.
The Company Dahua is banned from supplying the US with any electronics, so why are they allowed to supply the UK?
Meanwhile in the USA…
Local law enforcement agencies from suburban Southern California to rural North Carolina have been using an obscure cellphone tracking tool, at times without search warrants, that gives them the power to follow people’s movements months back in time, according to public records and internal emails obtained by The Associated Press.
Tech tool gives police the ability to track a person's movements and interests for months without a search warrant | https://t.co/Hr6QjEeyI2— Mike (@Doranimated) September 4, 2022
Let’s see what the textbook on Surveillance is doing
CHINA – Numerous reports coming through of citizens having to sleep on the streets in Shenzhen because they missed PCR tests and QR codes showing red, prevented them from entering their apartment.— Bernie’s Tweets (@BernieSpofforth) September 6, 2022