Why Privacy Matters .... Now

0 Replies

The case against mass surveillance has often come down to “Someone might be doing something that they don’t want recorded”. Fair enough. Everyone has things that they do not want made public. The focus seemed, however to be on “state surveillance” by police. Having been “that guy” involved closely in police surveillance for over two decades I can say this with confidence. Unless it is a crime …. a serious crime, they average person would be shocked at how little the police care about what is on a video.

So until recently, I was not really on the privacy bandwagon.  Two major advancements in technology and one failure of technology has me fully on the bandwagon.

The first advancement is video analytics. This is still very over-rated however the ability to filter and review large video files for specific colors, persons, direction of travel or vehicles is upon us. What this means is that reviewing several days worth of data for a specific event will be quick. The old days of needing 30 minutes to review an hour of video are over.

The second advancement is a combination of storage and compression. It is possible to store a lot of video for almost free.

The failure is the top to bottom lack of security, both technical and operational. A crazy amount of video cameras seen in stores, banks and elevators are insecure. Who can view the video, and how much video is available is anyone’s guess.

The police still don’t care about your video unless it is very criminal in nature. Retailers, ex-spouses, disgruntled employees, school mates, however, do care about your video as they always have. It is just that now that they have way too much opportunity to get way too much video and use it against you.

Make sure that when you install a camera, that you don’t become part of the problem. Don’t stop asking questions about your camera security until you understand all of the risks. Don’t listen to a stream of technical mumbo jumbo and assume you are OK. It won’t be your integrator getting sued for an inadvertent disclosure of video from your system.

Is that OSINT or OSINF ??Back to Body Cameras – Field of View

Share Your Thoughts

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *