Report: NYPD And Microsoft Partner Up To Spy On You
A world where the government monitors your every move is only scary if you have nothing to hide, right? Wrong. Microsoft and the NYPD are planning a conspiracy — excuse me, a “new program” — to spy on Americans… and you should worry about it.
That’s because, if a totalitarian government, supported by one of the world’s most powerful corporations, can monitor your every move, Big Brother style, nothing can stop them from framing and persecuting you for something that they deem to be wrong. In a world where Big Brother can spot your every move, it would be tough to hide from their all-seeing eye.
The plan for the NYPD, which Mayor Bloomberg called the “7th largest army in the world,” and Microsoft will bring about just such a world…
Known as the Domain Awareness System, the system would access over three-thousand public and private security cameras as part of a city-wide surveillance program. All visual information captured by the system would be matched against 911 call histories, criminal and terrorist databases, and anything else that can help land you in jail.
Those not currently living in New York City can breathe easy for now, as the software is only being used there, and mostly in its counterterrorism unit. But its use is expected to increase, as NYC introduces it to the rest of its 34,000-officer department, and as Microsoft pitches the software to other city and municipal enforcement agencies.
As the technology improves, officers will also have the software in their laptops and smartphones, for what will surely turn out to be responsible and law-abiding use.
Jessica Tisch, director of planning and policy for NYPD’s counterterrorism unit, has said the “[Domain Awareness System] works incredibly well,” which is slightly comforting given how little police departments tend to fumble these types of things.
Though there’s no statistics regarding the likelihood that the system might accidentally label an innocent bystander a criminal, you can remain assured that the police forces of America, and Microsoft, have your best interest in mind.
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