Monday, 28 September 2009

First your oil, then your thoughts

The government is lax with our supposedly personal data. DVLA is launching an inquiry into how Castrol, after photographing your registration number, has managed to use its database to give an oil recommendation for your car on huge digital billboards. See here.

It might worry you that Castrol can access your car details as you drive along a road but there is far worse to come. Your very thoughts, movements and attitudes could be profiled to assess any criminal or anti-social proclivities. This is being researched by the EU's INDECT programme. There is also further EU research called ADABTS – Automatic Detection of Abnormal Behaviour and Threats in crowded Spaces which "aims to develop models for abnormal and threat behaviours and algorithms for automatic detection of such behaviours as well as deviations from normal behaviour in surveillance data." See also the Register.

Orwellian stuff! No debate, no accountability, massive data collection and promiscuous sharing of such.

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