Tuesday, January 18, 2011

WalMart to implement Facial Recognition Software

Saw a new YouTube video by PatrioticSpace today so I put together a little article on the increasing surveillance in our United Police States of America.

Here's the vid...





http://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DDB5EwV3u55k

Did a little digging and seems this is being describes as simply a way to better target customers but I think we all know what it's really gonna be used for.

Most of you already know that every time you leave your house you pass by hundreds of cameras. Society is saturated with surveillance technology and if you live in the city there simply is no real hope of maintaining your anonymity.

Here's a news link about which PatrioticSpace is referring...

Retailers seek to enhance shopping experience through gadgets


Much of the latest retail tech explosion is rooted in the spread of wireless technologies, not all of it linked to cell phones. Walmart and Macy's are starting to replace UPC bar codes on apparel with little radio transmitter chips that are packed with 10 times the information on color, size and where every item is. It enables the stores to account for their stock at any instant. The process, known as RFID, or radio frequency identification, also lets salespeople find an item with a handheld device that ticks like a Geiger counter when they get close.

Also among the new tricks, vendors are pushing flat-screen TVs that superimpose animated dresses over a live shot of a customer. Intel unveiled a big digital sign that shows targeted videos to passing shoppers. It uses face-detection software to determine the shopper's gender and approximate age.

SOURCE: http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/retail/retailers-seek-to-enhance-shopping-experience-through-gadgets/1144841

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They just want to know your gender to better target products that you might want to buy. See? They just want to make your shopping experience more convenient and enjoyable.

Yeah... Riiiiiight!

Now I have been concerned about this for some time. Knowing that everything has a chip in it nowadays, how are we to know if these chips are passive or can be accessed, tracked or even activated from outside sources? Well I got news for you folks. Since 2003, all electronics in the US have had a new warning label...

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Notice the words, "(2) THIS DEVICE MUST ACCEPT ANY INTERFERENCE RECEIVED, INCLUDING INTERFERENCE THAT MAY CAUSE UNDESIRED OPERATION."

The Old labels used to say, "THIS DEVICE MUST NOT ACCEPT ANY INTERFERENCE RECEIVED..."

So what could they mean by, "INCLUDING INTERFERENCE THAT MAY CAUSE UNDESIRED OPERATION?" Well, obviously the FCC (or your friendly Big Bro US Gubmint) wants control over your electronic devices whenever they want. This basically means that they can remotely disable, destroy, activate or deactivate your electronic devices.

FBI taps cell phone mic as eavesdropping tool

The FBI appears to have begun using a novel form of electronic surveillance in criminal investigations: remotely activating a mobile phone's microphone and using it to eavesdrop on nearby conversations.The technique is called a "roving bug," and was approved by top U.S. Department of Justice officials for use against members of a New York organized crime family who were wary of conventional surveillance techniques such as tailing a suspect or wiretapping him.

Kaplan's opinion said that the eavesdropping technique "functioned whether the phone was powered on or off." Some handsets can't be fully powered down without removing the battery; for instance, some Nokia models will wake up when turned off if an alarm is set.

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The U.S. Commerce Department's security office warns that "a cellular telephone can be turned into a microphone and transmitter for the purpose of listening to conversations in the vicinity of the phone." An article in the Financial Times last year said mobile providers can "remotely install a piece of software on to any handset, without the owner's knowledge, which will activate the microphone even when its owner is not making a call."

Nextel and Samsung handsets and the Motorola Razr are especially vulnerable to software downloads that activate their microphones, said James Atkinson, a counter-surveillance consultant who has worked closely with government agencies. "They can be remotely accessed and made to transmit room audio all the time," he said. "You can do that without having physical access to the phone."

SOURCE: http://news.cnet.com/2100-1029_3-6140191.html

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I want to point out the fact that tiny condenser microphones can easily be placed on circuit boards and can be made to look identical to common electronic components. There is practically no way to know, unless you are an electronics engineer, if one has been installed on one of your devices. Not to be too paranoid but they could literally be inside every piece of electronics you have purchased since 2003!

And with the prevalence of "smart cards" containing microchips and the existence of proximity RFID readers, your every movement can be tracked. If you carry a cell phone, they can listen in, even if the phone is turned off and powered down.

And now they are starting to embed RFID chips into the fabric of the clothing you wear as well!

Clothing will have transmitters / Benetton to keep track of clothing with tiny transmitters

Microchip transmitters no larger than a grain of salt soon will be attached to pieces of clothing in 5,000 Benetton stores -- a technological leap the Italian retailer said will help it track pants and sweaters from factory to sales floor to cash register.

RFID tracking... Cameras everywhere... Facial recognition... Cell phone wire tapping...

Isn't it great how they didn't even have to implement all this surveillance technology themselves? They didn't have to force their way into our homes and install cameras and microphones against our will. Nope... WE PAID THEM to do it to us, and gladly accepted into our hands, the implements of our own destruction.

Orwell is rolling in his grave! :angry03:

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