Chicago Installing Data-Collection Monitors On City Lampposts - Call It AoT "Array of Things"

'To build a better life': Chicago's new data-collecting sensors stir privacy concerns

[excerpted] The Array of Things [AoT] project could be life changing. By using cameras, sound level monitors and air quality sensors, the network digitizes city living. But privacy experts fear potential problems with the program.

The Array of Things made its live debut Monday in the Pilsen neighborhood in Chicago, where the city installed two 10-pound nodes on traffic posts last week. The nodes contain low resolution cameras, microphones and various air quality sensors, along with sensors that detect use of WiFi and Bluetooth devices within a 100-foot range.

The resolution on cameras is thought to be low, and the sound sensors are meant to only monitor sound levels – not record noises, as there will be audio and image files that will be used to calibrate the sensors. A written response from project managers explained, “These images will contain no sensitive PII [personally identifiable information], but some may show faces or license plate numbers.”

All information gathered by AoT will be available to the public – except for ones containing PII...PII data will not be made public but will be stored in a separate, safe facility, where access to this data is “restricted to operator employees, contractors and approved scientific partners who need to process the data for instrument design and calibration purposes, and who are subject to strict contractual confidentiality obligations and will be subject to discipline and/or termination if they fail to meet these obligations.”

But who are these people, and will the public know who may have their picture or license plate stored? -- They went on to explain, “The privacy and governance policies nevertheless limit who will have access to data, under what circumstances, and for the limited purpose of research and development.”

So, no, there will be no way to learn who is looking at what behind the scenes of The Array of Things.

When it comes to warrants, the project managers were even vaguer, saying, “The University of Chicago, as copyright holder of the data, would be responsible for responding to law enforcement requests.”

Note Monday 8-29-16 was only the "live debut" with just two 'nodes'. When these start going up on lampposts on every block...you then have got Orwell's Brave New World in full operation. Monitored every step.

Coming soon to where you live too no doubt. Be informed.

Rev. 18:4
1John 5:5 'Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?'

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