Surveillance society and it's too late now.by Don Bradley
Now that they admit to it, though it has been a technology they have had since 1990s, people should be more cautious what they say in front of cameras, even if they are across the parking lot or two blocks down the road. Facial recognition is a fact of life - they know who you are. Lip reading is a fact of life - they sure as hell know what you are saying.
Cover your mouth, wear sunglasses with large frames when out, turn your back to any camera when you see it is pointed in your direction. Most cameras have audio mics, and they are VERY sensitive and they have software that can clean up all area noise, including other voices, until they have you cold.
That's how bad it is and has been for years. Years. Not now, years.
And especially if they are in the same room.
"The capability to run lip-sync technology to determine what people are saying would have a very suppressive effect. It would change the nature of our society," Porter told the Evening Standard. "People wouldn’t feel they could have a conversation outside. We increasingly see the football manager cupping his hand over his mouth to give instructions for fear of being exposed."
But the plain fact of the matter is, all cameras have FACIAL RECOGNITION AND LIP READING TECH already and for years. Decades even. That they are finally admitting to is the only thing that is new, the bastards.
Porter's comments follow the launch of an official investigation into the use of facial recognition technology by the Metropolitan Police by Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham - who says her office is "deeply concerned" about the software.
Earlier this month, the civil liberties group Big Brother Watch also warned it had uncovered an “epidemic” of facial recognition technology being used around shopping centres, museums and conference venues in the UK.
The pressure group said it had found that millions of people were now having their facial features unknowingly scanned and stored in data bases.
Mr Porter conceded that such technologies could become an important tool for law enforcement.
However, he added: “It’s important to protect a free and open society and at the moment we are at risk of ceding that to the impact of technology."It’s the 70th year since George Orwell released 1984 and it’s relevant to say we’ve got to listen to those warnings and say we don’t want that society and what do we do about it," said Porter.