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If you’ve done nothing wrong you have nothing to worry about? Be very careful about how much faith you put in that so-often sanctimonious reassurance.
Most recently it’s being intoned by the harden-up brigade in light of the revelation that Foodstuffs, the owner of New World and Pak’n Save, is using surveillance-sharing software
Assuming they’re confident they have themselves done nothing wrong, we must surely assume that the company providing the software, Auror, and its other clients including Farmers, Briscoes, and Mitre 10, all happily welcome the publicity and attendant scrutiny.
The effectiveness of the ‘‘nothing wrong’’ reassurance does largely depend on our confidence that the software is - and will only ever be - applied solely for the task we’ve been told about: picking up shoplifters and people whose conduct endangers staff or the public, and sharing the information so that they can swiftly be identified, perhaps apprehended, elsewhere.
In itself, that’s excellent. It’s hard to overlook, however, that among the other countries cited as being okay with this we have China, which is keen to keep an eye on its dissenters.
Less darkly (but perhaps not that much less), are concerns about companies building profiles of our individual habits.