CCTV systems capable of identifying and tracking a personís face from 800m away.

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Cameras are storing all the images they recorded and the capability is there to run your image against a database of wanted people. Read more:

Today I read an article about surveillance and here are some excerpts from it:

 

Surveillance in need of regulation

Big Brother IS watching you

CCTV systems capable of identifying and tracking a personís face from 800m away are turning Britain into a Big Brother society, the UKís first surveillance commissioner has warned.

New high-definition cameras are being rolled out across the UKís cities without public consultation into the intrusion they pose, Andrew Rennison said.

The increasing sophistication of surveillance technology is becoming so serious that Britain may be in breach of its own human rights laws, he said. There are already an estimated 1.85 million CCTV cameras in the UK.

Rennison predicted there would be a justifiable public outcry if facial recognition systems and high-definition (HD) CCTV cameras were allowed to proliferate on high streets, public transport and at entertainment venues.

"The technology has overtaken our ability to regulate it," Rennison said.

"The rapid advancement of digital technology means that 16-megapixel HD cameras are now very affordable, so people are buying a camera with a huge optical and digital zoom power. A tiny camera in a dome with 360-degree view can capture your face in the crowd, and there are now the algorithms that run in the background."

He said cameras were "storing all the images they recorded Ö and the capability is there to run your image against a database of wanted people".

 

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