1/ This is one of many barely-visible cameras at a Walgreens convenience store.
The system tries to determine the age and gender of those nearby.
Then, it serves ads, based upon their artificial intelligence algorithm, on the refrigerator doors.
See-through doors have been replaced with full video screens.
> Fighting back is possible.
2/ Companies use these technologies, often naively, to increase their revenue.
Consider talking to the store manager. Let them know that you are not comfortable with this type of surveillance and that you will stop purchasing items from the store.
Be kind. They likely have no control of the situation. But they can share your concerns and the potential loss of revenue.
3/ It can be an inconvenience to find another store to purchase from. But, it's important to decide if it's worth it to protect the privacy of you and your family.
Stores react to loss of revenue. If you are willing to share your feelings with the public, it may be leveraged to make change.
@theprivacyfoundation I feel like leaving bad reviews is a good first step maybe too?
This is so obviously stupid though.
@Alonealastalovedalongthe They can be. But engaging in a way that gets others on your side can be a powerful way to succeed.
@theprivacyfoundation fighting back is possible indeed. By not buying all the shit you get pushed, for example! Advertising only exists because it works.
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