Thursday, March 02, 2023

Surveillance tech that ‘predicts crime before it happens’ used in 40% of Australian stores

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Surveillance tech that ‘predicts crime before it happens’ used in 40% of Australian stores

Little-known company Auror provides a 'crime intelligence' product used in stores such as Bunnings and Coles. Privacy experts have concerns.

If you’ve bought groceries, filled your car with petrol or shopped at a major Australian retailer recently, chances are you’ve probably been surveilled by a company using Auror.

Auror is a little-known “crime intelligence platform” used in thousands of stores across Australia, including Coles and Woolworths. 

Promising to help combat retail crime, Auror users share information about suspects with each other and police, alert each other when people or cars enter their stores, and even use analytics to “prevent crime before it happens”. The company works closely with Australian police forces, who have access to the data collected by Auror’s users on millions of Australians.

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