The Civil Police of the Federal District (PCDF) dismantled an illegal monitoring scheme that recorded images of the flow of vehicles in the capital, with the capture of license plates, violating the intimacy and privacy of the population without people’s knowledge or consent. Operation Eye of Horus was launched by investigators from the 9th Police Station (Lago Norte), who carried out 10 search warrants yesterday.
Police believe that at least two thousand searches were carried out on the illegal system. The images obtained through the scheme were later advertised on a website and an Instagram profile. To access the content, a fee of R$150 per consultation was charged. The advertisements say that the service would be to help recover stolen vehicles, but what has been found so far has been different.
Yesterday, agents seized all cameras installed to monitor vehicles. According to delegate Erick Sallum, with the seizure of the devices, the PCDF closes the road “Big Brother” illegally implemented in the federal capital and reestablishes the population’s right to anonymity. “Now, we are going to start negotiations with this company so that it can provide us with this data. We want an Excel spreadsheet, with the research carried out, the dates and who purchased this research and, then yes, if we identify in these researches, including authorities police and see who bought this research to try to identify why. People who carried out malicious research can be held responsible,” he said.
The cameras resembled common equipment and were able to map and take photos of people’s routines, as they had character reader capabilities (LPR) and artificial intelligence programming, allowing vehicle license plate recognition.
During the investigation, investigators from the 9th DP purchased one of the access points and were able to check the ticketing routine of the car of one of the police unit’s delegates. The team registered in the name of Santa Claus and, after paying via PIX, received a report by email containing images of eight passages of the car on DF roads.
The ease and absolute lack of control in the sale of this information through these websites allows anyone, including those with malicious intent, to access this data and research the license plates and routes of any person’s vehicles.
According to investigations, the owners of the cameras are not residents of the DF and do not have a company registered in the DF. “It is important to highlight that the Judiciary Police understands that video monitoring systems are important supporting tools in public security. However, as long as they are authorized and supervised by the Public Power, as recommended by law. People’s private lives cannot be commodified without just cause in internet without the knowledge or consent of the population”, highlighted the delegate.
The activity violates law no. 3,914/2006 DF and compromises the private lives of people who start to have their routines monitored without their consent and sold to anyone who pays for the report. Furthermore, the General Data Protection Law (LGPD), published in 2018, is based on respect for privacy and the inviolability of intimacy. This type of indiscriminate monitoring by private companies without supervision from the Public Power is illegal, as they can be misrepresented and used for other purposes.
The implementation of cameras in an uncontrolled manner, in addition to generating insecurity for public authorities who may have their routines disrupted, also represents a violation of informational self-determination, as the population does not even know of their existence.
Those investigated will be held liable for illegal activity, disclosure of secrets and ideological falsehood. “Crime has seen that it is no longer worth staying on the street exchanging fire with the police or stabbing anyone to steal a cell phone. Cybercrime, embezzlement, electronic fraud are only effective when you have the person’s data. So if If you don’t have someone’s personal data, the scam is ineffective. That’s the problem. And we need to fight it,” concluded the delegate.
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