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United Kingdom Quietly Transformed Into World’s Surveillance State


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Across the United Kingdom, spine-chilling pieces of infrastructure have popped up on street corners in the past several months.

While it resembles a street lamp in a posh London neighborhood, the equipment is actually a Chinese-made facial recognition camera.

Millions of these creepy CCTV cameras have been quietly installed in the United Kingdom over the past few months.

Big Brother will have a closer eye on Britons than Beijing citizens.

“With more CCTV cameras per person in London than in Beijing, and with residents of the UK capital being the third most watched population in the world, some now fear the UK is on a fast-track to rival China,” the Daily Mail noted.

Daily Mail reported:

A sign beneath them says that they are there ‘to prevent crime and promote public safety’.

This will no doubt reassure those who live on the street, who have experienced a spate of burglaries in recent years.

But the extra security comes at a high cost, to which most Wandsworth residents — and the rest of the nation — are utterly oblivious.

For the strange white cameras are just two of millions which have quietly been installed throughout Britain in recent months.

Made by Dahua, a Chinese state-affiliated company, they are equipped with controversial facial recognition software — a means of monitoring and controlling populations much favoured by Beijing and other totalitarian regimes around the world.

There are other causes for concern: Dahua has a track record of severe cybersecurity vulnerabilities that have already led to mass hacks of its cameras, and the company itself admitted last year that there is ‘very high potential’ for other such incidents.

The company has also been implicated in human rights abuses conducted by the Chinese government, with the facial recognition capabilities of its cameras used to pick out in crowds anyone with the distinctive features of a Uyghur Muslim — a persecuted ethnic minority in China — to alert police so the individuals can be rounded up.

Big Brother is watching and it’s for your safety!
Is this what the West calls a free society?

Read the full report HERE.

 



 

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