The Data Protection Act 1998 protects individuals’ information held in
organisational data systems.
Domestic properties are exempt.
You have rights when being spied on by organisations but not
by homeowners; the privacy of voyeurism is sacrosanct.
Home Office website
Q: “Is surveillance effective?
A: In 1996 and 1997, lawful interception of communications played a
crucial part in police operations leading to:
-seizure of nearly three tonnes of class A drugs, and 112 tonnes of
other drugs, with a combined street value of over £600 million
-seizure of over 450 firearms
In June America’s Departments of Justice and Homeland Security
and a grouping of American police chiefs released the “Suspicious
Activity Report—Support and Implementation Project”.
Inspired in part by the approach of the Los Angeles Police
Department, it urges police to question people who, among other
things, use binoculars, count footsteps, take notes, draw diagrams,
change appearance, speak with security staff, and photograph
objects “with no apparent aesthetic value.”
P300 "Brain Fingerprinting": A Very Freaky Future Indeed
We may not be far away from the thoughtcrime described in 1984.
“Apparently, your brain creates a very specific electrical brain
response, known as P300, when one is presented with information
that is already contained in one’s mind.
If you recognize the information (i.e., it is familiar to you), you will
have a P300 response. There is no way to avoid this; it is a
biological/electrical stimulus response event. Sort of like a lie
detector, only (reportedly) always accurate.
P300 is already being used in court as admissible evidence by both
defense and prosecuting attorneys.” On March 5, 2001
Pottawattamie County, Iowa District Court Judge Tim O'Grady ruled
that Brain Fingerprinting® testing is admissible in court.
Hsinchun Chen, head of the Artificial Intelligence Lab at the
University of Arizona says “sentiment analysis”, which he performs
for American and international intelligence agencies, is an emerging
and booming field.
The goal is to identify changes in the behaviour and language of
internet users that could indicate that angry young men are becoming
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a lobby, says the list
maintained by the Terrorist Screening Centre at the FBI now has
more than 900,000 names, with 20,000 more every month.
Abdul Bakier, a former official in Jordan’s General Intelligence
Department, says that tips to foil data-mining systems are discussed
at length on some extremist online forums. Tricks such as calling
phone-sex hotlines can help make a profile less suspicious.
“Meat tagged in readiness for crime surge”
20 October 08
“Retailers preparing for a rapid rise in crime due to the credit crunch
are placing electronic tags on expensive cuts of meat.”
• Create a network of sensors
• Explore system design issues
• Provide a platform to test Dust
• Use off the shelf components
COTS Dust - RF Motes
– Atmel Microprocessor
– RF Monolithics transceiver
• 916MHz, ~20m range, 4800 bps
– 1 week fully active, 2 yr @1%
2 Axis Magnetic
2 Axis Accelerometer
1 Mbps CMOS imaging receiver
Local Bus Driver
Field of View
of Single Pixel
2D beam scanning
AR coated dome