The previously unknown surveillance system.
Think you're safe from constant surveillance if you don't live in Bloomberg's big brother city?
According to PC Magazine, Wikileaks obtained documents reveal that:
"TrapWire is a surveillance program which can track almost anyone, without their knowledge, anywhere in the U.S. using existing surveillance cameras."This may be new information to us, but it's been active for a bit. It was installed under the radar all across the good ol' US of A.
The Trapwire system is actively monitoring every major city in the country. You know those little cameras on the stoplights at the intersection by your house? Or those CCTV cameras that business owners opened up to local law enforcement surveillance systems?
Every one of them is recording and transferring what they capture to a centralized database – this includes your location, license plate, and facial identification. That information is then aggregated, fused together with other pieces of information (like what you bought on your credit card today and who you interacted with via text message or your favorite social network), and then processed through a threat assessment system.
This means cameras in stores that use facial recognition to strategically target you for ads, that I reported on back in April, are more than likely a part of this program. Now a company called Facedeals (h/t Rich T) is doing just that, using facial recognition to target you with ads.
The Wikileaks documents are available here.
Still think you're free?
There are still ways to defeat facial recognition software.