Police try to wrestle control back from Facebook

Retailers such as Gun City have worked hard to crowd-source justice by involving Facebook.? Now the police will buy rights to use software for retailers to file electronic reports directly to them.

The software enables retailers to complete incident reports and provide relevant information to police about thefts including shoplifting and petrol drive offs, and other incidents.

The information can be shared between retailers to prevent further offending.

A Police National Headquarters spokeswoman said all information shared through the Auror portal was automatically forwarded to the police crime reporting line.

Retailers were saved a trip to their local police station to file a report but it was still received and investigated.

“As well as images of offenders, retailers can provide vehicle registrations, images of associates, modus operandi, products targeted, time, day and location,” the spokeswoman said.

“Behind the scenes, Auror provides relevant intelligence to police to assist in effective and efficient retail crime prevention. This allows police to detect offence and offender patterns, and to target repeat offenders — often for offences spanning across police districts.”

The important thing is for those subscribing to the system to feel they aren’t just sending their reports into a black hole.? Sufficient resources must be assigned to actually derive benefit from it instead of keeping the public at arms length.?? Right now, these retailers go to Facebook because they get results.? And then they give that information to the police… and what happens? Read more »

Face of the day

Before and after elevator girl

Before and after elevator girl

Today’s face of the day is the face captured by a technology called BriefCam which helped catch the Boston Marathon bombers.Thanks to this video search engine technology hours of footage can be condensed into minutes, enabling the good guys to catch the bad guys faster. People like Nicky Hager after a hard day pawing through other people’s hacked correspondence, will no doubt decry this technology as being controversial and ‘ shocking ‘ because it is taking away people’s privacy. I say, if you are in a public place expect to be under surveillance for both your protection and the protection of others. The crime solving capacity of this technology is exciting.

Films like ?Minority Report? are no longer considered futuristic: video surveillance methods portrayed in this 2003 film are already in use. In fact, such methods have already helped in catching criminals and terrorists, albeit being controversial.

One of the most innovative technologies in this field was developed by Israeli company BriefCam, which helped in catching the Boston Marathon bombers. Using tracking algorithms, BriefCam enables users to track events caught on tape much more quickly, thus maximizing the potential of video surveillance.

A search engine for videos.

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Has the Herald broken the law?

They may well have broken the law with their little data mining project exposing that MPs follow the rules and some are richer than others.

The Privacy Act says:

Privacy Act 1993 Clause 59 Public Register Privacy Principles ?

Principle 2 Use of information from public registers

Personal information obtained from a public register?shall not be re-sorted, or combined with personal information obtained from any other public register, for the purpose of making available for valuable consideration personal information?assembled in a form in which that personal information could not be obtained directly from the register.? Read more »

Green economic vandals told not to be “wankers”

Rod Drury has attacked yet another case of Green party economic vandalism, yesterday he tweeted after Russel Norman attacked a company in parliament:

He followed that up shortly after with:

Russel Norman’s tinfoil hat attack is disgusting, ill informed and real conspiracy theory stuff. The higher these muppets go in the polls the more shrill they’ve become.?? Read more »