Why aren’t the Greens standing up for civil liberties in this case?

Theft costs New Zealand retailers $2 million a day, but a new company called Eyedentify is confident its cloud-based software can help tackle the problem.

The software helps police and retailers share information about thieves so they can work out who is most likely to strike, as well as where, when and even which products they’ll target.

“We’ve been working with retailers and police across the country now for over a year,” says Eyedentify chief executive Phil Thomson. “We’ve had some really good success in identifying the repeat offenders who are hitting multiple stores and multiple retailers.”

Like the movie Minority Report, the idea is to gather information and use it to strike before a crime is committed.

That’s profiling.  And race will be part of the profiling stats.  And it is going to get shared around.

When a prolific shoplifter enters an area, alerts are sent to stores there, so if that offender walks in shop, staff are ready and waiting for them.

“We’re working to alleviate the problem of retail crime, and the way we can do that is by using this technology,” says Mr Thomson.
It also reduces the time it takes to report theft to police from three days to 10 minutes.

“It’s a big issue right across the country for retailers big and small alike, and Eyedentify can help those retailers in terms of streamlining the processes and also the cost and time that is costs retailers to focus on less activity,” says Mark Johnston of Retail New Zealand.

Shoplifting doesn’t just cost retailers $2 million a day; it also costs the taxpayer.

“We estimate that the average New Zealand household is stumping up around $450 a year to cover the cost of retail shop theft,” says Mr Johnston.

So here we are.  We are all under surveillance in shops to see if we are one of these people they are interested in.  And that’s apparently ok.  It’s never going to make a mistake, and when you walk into a shop and get nabbed for something you never did or intended to do, that’s all just fine.

NOT A PEEP FROM RUSSEL NORMAN.

But try to put surveillance on about 80 New Zealanders who have expressed some sort of public interest in supporting ISIS, and it’s a state that is surveillance mad and out of control.

Why is it the Green Party has spent resources during question time to ask if a New Zealand terrorist being blown up by a US drone was something that the government was involved in, but the same party is quite happy to let true mass surveillance, profiling and data sharing go unmentioned?

Why is the Green party so concerned with the civil liberties of wanna-be terrorists and their supporters?

 

– Brigitte Masters, 3 news


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