Security tool guarantees privacy in surveillance footage

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Surveillance cameras have an identity problem, fueled by an inherent tension between utility and privacy. As these powerful little devices have cropped up seemingly everywhere, the use of machine learning tools has automated video content analysis at a massive scale—but with increasing mass surveillance, there are currently no legally enforceable rules to limit privacy invasions.

Security cameras can do a lot—they’ve become smarter and supremely more competent than their ghosts of grainy pictures past, the ofttimes “hero tool” in crime media. (“See that little blurry blue blob in the right hand corner of …

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