Privacy in time of Big Data
The intrusion of visual and digital surveillance into our private spaces keeps happening more and more and is being accepted. With the development of multimedia and the increasing digital networking, privacy has become an abstract term. Most of the population lacks awareness that surveillance is happening in public locations or even home devices all the time. A free personal development and free action in consideration of the constitution can only happen if privacy, space and identity correlate.
When the former NSA employee Edward Snowden passed on confidential documents to the Guardian and the Washington Post in 2013, it sparked a heated debate about data protection.
The main focus was the revelation of the NSA’s planning tool for resource integration, synchronization and management (PRISM).
The reasoning behind the existence of identification systems is the fighting of crime and criminal individuals. Those systems are mostly implemented in public spaces like airports. This flood of data, gathered under the aspect of biometrical features, allows for the recognition of faces as such. It cannot, however link every face to a specific individual.
By interlinking videos or pictures from social media platforms such as Facebook or Twitter to a biometrical database, every person can be identified. Even those not under investigation or suspicion.
This concludes in being able to analyze all media activity and communication and retrace it to reproduce the entire social network of every single person.
//THE IDEA OF IP/PRIVACY, IS TO USE CLOTHING AS A SHIELD TO PROTECT From EVERYDAY MONITORING AND COLLECTIon OF BIOMETRIC DATA
THE DESIGN CONCEPT IS BASED ON THE FUNCTION OF TWO MONITORING SYSTEMS: AUTOMATIC FACE RECOGNITION, AND NIGHT VISION DEVICES.
EXPERIMENTS WITH SIMPLE CV © LET ME UNDERSTAND HOW FACE RECOGNITION WORKS.
The collection IP/privacy is meant to be used as a defensive weapon against everyday surveillance and the gathering of biometrical data. The design concept is based upon two systems, automated face recognition and forward looking infrared cameras (FLIR).
This wearable assortment of outfits is characterized by distorted shapes and exaggerated proportions. While the black and white pattern confuses facial recognition by overloading it with useless data, the human silhouette is deformed, thus encrypting it to the camera's sensors.
Besides having a formal aspiration, IP/privacy promotes activism to maintain privacy while preserving identity and create anonymity in urban spaces for the wearer.
< THE INTEGRATED LED'S IN THE HOOD CAN BLIND A NIGHT VISION CAMERA WITH A BRIGHT BALL OF LIGHT .
A special foil applied at the surface of the visor reflects infrared light from a FLIR camera. It's not possible to identify your face. The foil of the Visor appears as a dark spot on screen.