A recent article in One Zero revealed that Knightscope has turned their Robocop’s into mobile facial recognition devices that can also blacklist people.
“One presentation slide features the company’s facial recognition capabilities, indicating that the company can surface a known person’s name, the similarity of the person’s face compared to a known image, and a log of other identities that the robot has seen.”
It is bad enough that the Feds and police use secret blacklists but it is an entirely different story when private companies like Knightscope use facial recognition to do the same thing.
What we are seeing is a total transformation of our legal system run by corporate interests.
One Zero revealed that Knightscope can label someone a person of interest with terms like, “causes trouble or sketchy dude.“
Thesaurus.com describes ’causes trouble’ as, “challenging the status quo, to disagree or to protest.”
If law enforcement is using Robocops to blacklist people for challenging the status quo or disagreeing with our government then we all need to sit up and take notice.
The article also indicated that Knightscope has access to things like domestic violence records, drivers license suspensions, custody disputes, and of course hostile terminations.
Giving corporations access to court records and license plate information at the touch of a button is like opening all the flood gates of the Panama Canal at once and hoping nothing catastrophic happens.
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