Leaked emails from Wikileaks reveal secret spy cameras linked to US government regard any individuals taking pictures at high risk locations as potential suspects. People clicking pictures in New York fall under the suspicion scanner of the US government. CCTV images of individuals are transferred to a data center by U.S. firm Abraxas. This system connects with a number of other cameras in a bid to pin point activities of the suspect.
Details about the system that have emerged from leaked emails of Wikileaks have caused public outcry with many campaigners and support groups calling the spy surveillance system a mockery and invasion of privacy. The TrapWire system run by Abraxas which is owned by Cubic Corporation apparently has a large number of former CIA employees.
According to leaked emails, facial recognition technology is used encrypt individual’s faces after which the data is sent to a fortified location. More than 500 spy cameras using this technology have been installed on New York subways and several thousand are believed to be installed in strategic locations across cities in U.S. and London. One of the leaked emails read “TrapWire is one of the most innovative tools developed since 9-11 to help mitigate terrorist threats. From a protective intelligence perspective, TrapWire does have the ability to share information on suspicious events or suspects between cities.”