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As Surveillance Grows, So Will Methods of Avoiding It

Posted by on September 17, 2020 in Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments

The simplicity of a scene at times is what makes it dreadful. Governments are always trying to find out what their citizens are doing through surveillance. A good example of this is a case in the clip of a documentary from the BBC about facial recognition technology, which shows how the police trail the surveillance system in the streets of London. One man walking by covering his face to avoid getting captured by the street cameras gets held back by the cops and forced to have his picture taken. Onlookers were shocked as the man was issued a fine of £90. People did not see the reason behind the fine, and the police said that it was for disorderly behaviour. To them, the mere fact that the man hid his face from the cameras meant that he had something to hide. And that feeling the need to mask your identity, and especially in public means that you have something to hide, doing something to actually hide your identity is disorderly behaviour as well. This is all the government’s ploy to keep looking at what citizens are up to. Invasion of privacy is a thing until the situation concerns the government.

The Chinese government has a reputation of trailing the activities of its citizens on and offline. And does not only end at its citizens as reports showed that China was using Huawei and the TikTok app to spy on an American military base and also spying on Canada through its Huawei tech. Many African countries have also reported Chinese tech products arriving with pre-installed malware to steal personal information. Meanwhile, the US government is spinning as it was disclosed that the government used 87 million Facebook accounts to gather personal information in the previous US presidential election, China's greatest tech organizations and controllers are standing up to their very own influx of worries from clients about privacy.

Surveillance of citizens has been long term practice of many administrations worldwide. And citizens are not having it. As governments increasingly try to trail the movement of residents, so too do they devise new strategies to avoid surveillance altogether. One of the primary examples of this is a bank's surveillance on a person's spending habits for example. Everything you buy, the bank knows about it. Because of this, people who wanted to spend without being spied on turned to blockchain technology, where there is no one central power backing its transactions. In terms of gambling, this was very important because if the bank knows you are spending money on gambling, they may decrease your credit score which makes it harder to get a loan. With blockchain or crypto payments it's quite easy to avoid this surveillance from the administration. People are ready to pay for VIP casino bonuses in an attempt to avoid bank surveillance and usually, they pay with bitcoin.

In China, the government is ensuring that there are no boundaries between the public and the private sector, and are progressively making steps towards dissolving any such limits between residents and the government, clearly seen as tech company processes are double-checked by the government and are required to work hand in glove with the state in surveilling citizens and businesses. Tech users in China are worried about the possibility of the government finally taking control of tech organizations and regulating them more heavily than they are currently doing. Many such users believe that this state interference with tech and gathering of personal data will ruin tech companies in the country. But people really don’t know how connected tech organizations are with the administration. And will be disappointed if they consider any regulations on tech companies as an advantage for their security. Instead, the government is regulating tech companies to surveillance, and citizens are increasingly also developing new ways to escape government surveillance.

The latest of China’s surveillance technologies is the new facial registration system. Which requires people to have their faces scanned when buying smartphones so that the authorities can verify all internet users. This move by the government is said to be an attempt to protect the rights and interests of citizens online. This has many many people in outrage because this means no privacy for them as the government knows exactly where and what an individual is doing online at a given time.

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