European Data Protection Digest

"Smart" CCTV Being Developed

SURVEILLANCE—UK

August 26, 2011

BBC News reports on the work of researchers at Kingston University to develop CCTV that will be able to monitor illegal behaviour and track suspects. The scientists "have created a system that uses artificial intelligence to recognise specific types of behaviour, such as someone holding a gun," the report states, prompting privacy advocates to warn it might be used for other purposes--such as targeting protesters. The research is part of the ADDPRIV project, which is aimed at creating surveillance that takes privacy concerns into account, the report states, noting the new system would include "the automatic deletion of surplus video data."
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