Organizations should take steps to develop protocols for technology’s impact on privacy.

When a citizen is out and about, they expect to be caught on camera at the store, traffic light, or someone’s camera. Since 9⁄11, the United States has added over 30 million surveillance cameras to its streets. AI-backed systems are using facial recognition and geo-trangulated social media surveillance to recognize up to 15 people in a crowd, and track them in real time after they leave a public space. Which leads to questions on how well the government and private security operations are crafting laws and policies to regulate the use of these new tools.

Tim Williams, Vice Chairman of Pinkerton, discussed how it is up to corporations to step into the void as tech speeds ahead of regulation with Public Security Today. “It’s one thing to produce a protocol or a policy,” said Williams. “But it’s another thing to have it understood.” Corporations don’t always establish clear and effective continuing education around security technology. But they should, he said.

Published April 11, 2019

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