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Hacker stalls Port of San Diego's video spy network

San Diego Has Been Turned Into A Massive Chinese-Style Public Surveillance Network Can you imagine a city in the United States secretly creating a Chinese-style public surveillance network that can identify everyone? Can you imagine that same city secretly creating a Chinese-style public watchlisting network? Well imagine no more because it has already happened. When I wrote about "covert facial recognition streetlights coming to a city near you" last year, I never would have dreamt that my article would become a reality so quickly. A recent article in the San Diego Reader reveals how a hacker discovered emails between the Port of San Diego and BriefCam. The emails revealed that law enforcement is secretly using a network of 400 facial recognition surveillance cameras to identify everyone. Last year, BriefCam announced a "breakthrough" in real-time facial recognition surveillance. "Robust multi-camera search capabilities identify men, women, children and vehicles with speed and precision, using 25 classes and attributes, face recognition, appearance similarity, color, size, speed, path, direction, and dwell time." What I was surprised to learn about is how San Diego law enforcement has secretly created a public watchlisting network. Buried in Briefcam's "breakthrough" announcement is an admission that boggles the mind. San Diego's law enforcement is using Briefcam to create "precise face recognition [that] rapidly pinpoints people of interest in real-time using digital images extracted from video, external image sources and pre-defined watchlists." Watchlisting people is a major selling point for BriefCam, "our scalable watchlist management enables rapid and powerful rule configuration." https://massprivatei.blogspot.com/2019/03/san-d...
— March 15, 2019 7:23 a.m.

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