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How to Use Clothing to Legally Trick Surveillance Cameras

If you want to avoid surveillance by automatic license plate readers, which use networked surveillance cameras and simple image recognition to track the movements of automobiles, one company suggests you wear one of their t-shirts. Or a dress. Or a hoodie.

White hat hacker and fashion designer Kate Rose presented the inaugural collection of her Adversarial Fashion line at the recent DefCon cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas. Several different items of clothing are available. One is a shirt with images of many different license plates in the fabric. to an automatic license plate reader (ALPR) system, the shirt is a collection of “license plates,” and they will get added to the license plate reader’s database just like any others it sees. The intention is to make deploying that sort of surveillance less effective, more expensive, and harder to use without human oversight, in order to slow down the transition to what Rose calls “visual personally identifying data collection.” That should confuse license plate reader surveillance cameras!

Another is Rose’s fourth amendment T-shirt contains the words of the fourth amendment to the US constitution in bold yellow letters. The amendment, which protects Americans from “unreasonable searches and seizures”, has been an important defense against many forms of government surveillance: in 2012, for instance, the US Supreme Court ruled that it prevented police departments from hiding GPS trackers on cars without a warrant.

Details may be found in an article by Alex Hern in the Guardian web site at:

Categories: Offline Privacy & Security

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