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CCTV "Game" Allows UK Citizens To Catch Criminals

A website called Internet Eyes is planning to turn the UK into a 24 hours, real life Big Brother, by allowing citizens to shop criminals and vandals in what looks like a new take on what a dystopian society looks like.

The scheme, which is marketed as a worldwide online instant event notification system utilising video feed to notify the owner of the feed (customer), has been presented as a "game" with cash prizes of up to £1000 each month.

But Internet Eyes said that the service was not a game and that the rewards would prove to be an incentive. Those interested in making some money will be offered random live feeds - each lasting up to 10 minutes - from one of the four million CCTV cameras disseminated across the country.

If they witness a criminal act being perpetrated, they just have to send a photo off to the owner. Amateur Spies can register for free without any recurring fees and if they manage to detect a suspected crime, they will be awarded with one point and three points for an actual crime.

They will also be given three SMS alerts per month for free and charged £1 per alerts if they go over.

Internet Eyes, which is planning fro a launch in November 2009, is expecting to sign up to 10,000 before it is launched and is looking to charge shops and businesses more than £1000 a year for them to sign to the scheme (which is essentially security-by-proxy).

Our Comments

Basically, Internet Eyes is taking the idea of Amazon Mturk to another level. We don't really know if the whole thing is legal or not but we can be sure that Google's Streetview is chicken feed compared to what this scheme is actually looking to achieve. Pretty scary, huh!

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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.