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Private firms are selling spying tools and mass surveillance technologies to developing countries with promises that "off the shelf" equipment will allow them to snoop on millions of emails, text messages and phone calls, according to a cache of documents published on Monday.
One firm says its "massive passive monitoring" equipment can "capture up to 1bn intercepts a day". Some offer cameras hidden in cola cans, bricks or children's carseats, while one manufacturer turns cars or vans into surveillance control centres.
There is nothing illegal about selling such equipment, and the companies say the new technologies are there to help governments defeat terrorism and crime.
"There is a culture of impunity permeating across the private surveillance market, given that there are no strict export controls on the sale of this technology, as there are on the sale of conventional weapons," said Matthew Rice, research consultant with Privacy International.
"This market profits off the suffering of people around the world, yet it lacks any sort of effective oversight or accountability.
In one embodiment, a risk assessment score for a customer associated with a retail facility is retrieved. The risk assessment score is analyzed to determine whether the customer is a desirable customer or an undesirable customer. In response to the risk assessment score indicating that the customer is an undesirable customer, aggressive marketing disincentives targeted to the undesirable customer are generated. If the risk assessment score indicates the customer is a desirable customer, marketing incentives targeted to the desirable customer are generated.
Set of speakers are used to create an ambiance in retail facility 202 by performing acts such as, without limitation, playing subliminal messages over a sound system, wherein the subliminal messages encourage the undesirable customer to leave the retail facility, playing music over a sound system to encourage the undesirable customer to leave, playing music designed to soothe or relax a customer, or other actions.
informing a set of employees associated with the retail facility that the customer is an undesirable customer and directing the set of employees to avoid offering assistance unless assistance is requested by the customer.
displaying disincentive marketing messages to the customer, wherein a disincentive marketing message comprises uncompetitive product pricing and undesirable product offers.
The computer implemented method of claim 9 wherein creating a negative ambiance further comprises shining harsh or bright lights in an area of the retail facility occupied by the customer.
creating a negative ambiance further comprises playing subliminal messages over a sound system, wherein the subliminal messages encourage the customer to leave the retail facility.
wherein creating a negative ambiance further comprises playing music over a sound system, wherein the music is designed to encourage the customer to feel uncomfortable.
wherein creating a negative ambiance further comprises adjusting a temperature in an area of the retail facility to an uncomfortable temperature, wherein an uncomfortable temperature is at least one of a temperature that is colder than a predetermined temperature, higher than a predetermined comfortable temperature, and a humidity that is higher than a predetermined comfortable humidity level.