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Your face could soon become just another 'bar code'

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posted on Apr, 24 2006 @ 04:13 PM
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After the RFID, Verichip and other "tagging" and tracking devices that are being propossed far a masive use in the population and populated areas, now a new system of monitoring cameras is being experimented in Japan. This move is considered illegal by japanese lawyers and unprecedented in terms of legality. Introducing this sistem in public places is another step toward the end of our privacy.

 



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A remarkable experiment will be conducted later this month at Tokyo's Kasumigaseki Station, reports Weekly Playboy. It involves surveillance cameras, and inevitably raises questions concerning privacy, security and the appropriate balance between the two. How much of the former must we sacrifice to the latter?

At issue is a possible new arm of Japan's burgeoning antiterrorism and anticrime policy. For an hour or two each day over the course of two to three weeks, one of the station's ticket gates will be closed to the general public. A newly-developed biometric camera, capable not only of photographing faces, but of analyzing facial data and in essence converting each person's face into a unique bar code, will be at work, snapping shots of participants in the experiment as they pass back and forth through the gate. Its point is to assess how well the camera works. If it works well, will it be adopted nationwide, in subway stations, train stations and elsewhere? If it is, is Weekly Playboy right to worry about Japan becoming an "indiscriminate high-tech surveillance society?"


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Are we becoming a 'bar code' or "surveillance society" ? In the name of the antiterrorism and anticrime we are giving up day by day all our rights of privacy as citizens. This news comes from Japan but is not far from the same proposal done in States and Britain for using the surveillance cameras and other tracking devices. Looks like a global scenario to me that is being extended little by little in developed countrys and the reason being used is the same one, War against Terrorism. But the way I see it si that much of this surveillance technology is in fact used to track the activities of dissidents, human rights activists, journalists, student leaders, minorities, trade union leaders and political opponents.

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[edit on 24-4-2006 by Telos]




posted on Apr, 24 2006 @ 06:01 PM
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Are we becoming a 'bar code' or "surveillance society" ? In the name of the antiterrorism and anticrime we are giving up day by day all our rights of privacy as citizens.


Tell ya what. I feel much safer knowing the cctvs are out there catching thieves, robbers they are actually an asset to have.

If you do nothing wrong they cannot blame you


[edit on 4/24/2006 by shots]



posted on Apr, 24 2006 @ 06:27 PM
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The argument "if you've done nothing wrong, you've got nothing to hide" is the lamest piece of trite out there in relation to this topic.

I have absolutely nothing to hide, but I consider this to be a massive invasion of privacy, all these cameras/smart ID cards etc are socially conditioning us to accept the final solution, an implantable microchip.....

This is disgusting, we have self styled "experts" coming on television saying how good microchips are, and how much they'll improve your life, your safety for kids etc.....its all lies.

It's just social conditioning.

It's called television programming for a reason you know......

I will never buy a car that has sat nav/tracking in it, and I will never ever allow myself to have an electronic tracking device implanted....

This is madness.....



posted on Apr, 24 2006 @ 06:53 PM
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The argument "if you've done nothing wrong, you've got nothing to hide" is the lamest piece of trite out there in relation to this topic.

I have absolutely nothing to hide, but I consider this to be a massive invasion of privacy, all these cameras/smart ID cards etc are socially conditioning us to accept the final solution, an implantable microchip.....


No not lame at all. You see I know that the gps chip in my cell phone/car may save my life some day. One might even save your life if you had one.

Many parents are already having them implanted in their children for their safety. The government never mandated that, they are doing it on their own.



posted on Apr, 24 2006 @ 07:04 PM
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No not lame at all. You see I know that the gps chip in my cell phone/car may save my life some day. One might even save your life if you had one.


Quite childish a remark. One might be tempted to ask if you live such a protective, assured and boring life, do "you" in actuality have one.?

[edit on 24-4-2006 by AccidentallyOnPurpose]



posted on Apr, 24 2006 @ 07:23 PM
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Quite childish a remark. One might be tempted to ask if you live such a protective, assured and boring life, do "you" in actuality have one.?


Hardly childish at all; since I had a friend die recently because his cell phone did not have a gps on it. If he had one they think they might have been able to save his life. They knew the time he had the heart attack and the length he was on the phone (32 Mins) with 911 so it was easy to see that rescue could have reached him in time had they been able to locate him. As it was he was confused and unable to give them his location which just over one mile from the nearest firehouse.



posted on Apr, 24 2006 @ 07:30 PM
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Thats just one personal experience, not to mention that it affected you emotionally. thus your conclusion is somewhat biased.

Apart from cellphones, the government will now be able to intrude in your privacy through various other channels. Your rhetoric is quite extreme, one might not need medical assiatance through gps on a daily basis. but the need for privacy is constant.

Makes you wonder if it really is worth it.



posted on Apr, 24 2006 @ 07:54 PM
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AccidentallyOnPurpose to some people it will seem well worth the loss of privacy and to others it will not. If such tracking systems remain voluntary then I have no problem with them. Shots can have his assurance of quick response/enhanced safety and you can have your independence/privacy.

As this type of technology grows and becomes more mature & reliable there will inevitably come a time when there will be places you will not be allowed to enter without an escort simply because you will not have a tracking device on/in you. I don't mean that in a bad way, it is just what will eventually happen.

[edit on 24-4-2006 by Astronomer70]



posted on Apr, 24 2006 @ 08:00 PM
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When you go out in public you have no privacy anymore. Theres not a damn thing you can do about it. You can protest in the streets about it, but it won't do you a thing. Because guess what You don't own the property, so it is public property and you take a chance everytime you walk outside your home. If they want to put it in your homes, then thats another story you can complain about. Yes I am paranoid, thats why I turn off my cell phone everytime, I don't want to be followed. To say they are invading your privacy is an assinign thing to say. Unless you got a criminal record, and you are an "enemy to the system" you have nothing to worry about. You will just be another face in the crowd. So complain all you want, it won't do you any good.



posted on Apr, 24 2006 @ 08:10 PM
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Your rhetoric is quite extreme, one might not need medical assiatance through gps on a daily basis. but the need for privacy is constant.


No not extreme at all I am being a realist. It is impossible to have privacy in pubic or didn't you know that? Keep in mind even if there were no cameras there will most likely be people.



posted on Apr, 24 2006 @ 08:38 PM
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Harvestfreak your comments are pretty accurate, but I don't buy into the argument that complaining won't do any good. If enough people complain then they will be listened to.



posted on Apr, 24 2006 @ 08:52 PM
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Yea its like what if I saw some clear harrassment going on by police officers ( I see have seen it many times) and this camera sees the disgusted look on my face as threat to his safety. Oh how nice now I am going to be harrassed by the police when he is automatically notified electronically through some wireless crap and he comes to ask me "Hey why do you have that look!? Dont you know I am here for your saftey!? Forget about the fact that I could have been harassing that man just because I am a racist biggot stereotyping asshole, you need to accept what I do and say with a silent acceptance!. You are deemed an enemy of the state for disregard to polcie action!" Which is when I say "# YOU GUY!!" And I stop him down and run amok until I am gunned down in a hail of gunfire.

Oh well at least I faught for my right to disagree to myself in my mind about unjustified harrassment. And now I will be with God away form this mrotal plane. Oh wait that will probably be illegal too. You are forbidden to have alegiance and loyalty to anyone ot your government.

Walk everywhere with a blank face!!!!!!



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