Verizon not only wants to provide your cable television service, but also stick around and observe everything you do while watching TV.
Verizon has filed a patent, published last week, for a system designed to be used in the home to target advertisements at people. Using a combination of image and audio sensors, it would detect actions in your living room while you were watching TV. These sensors, deploying facial and profile recognition, would pick up “physical attributes” like skin color, facial features, and even hair length, and also detect “voice attributes” to help determine the tone of your voice, your accent, and the language you speak. Inanimate objects aren’t off-limits—the technology could also spot beer cans and wall art.
As Steve Donohue at FieceCable has noted, Verizon’s technology would operate in the same way Google targets Gmail users based on the content of their emails—only transposing that principle into the home by “scanning conversations of viewers that are within a ‘detection zone’ near their TV, including telephone conversations.”
And we all thought Google ad targeting crossed the line. source: slate
How long until the government uses this to track people of interest, or is that the real purpose??????
Call it anything you want; it’s still surveillance, an invasion of privacy!