Sándor Pintér, minister of interior would like to take a bill through the Hungarian Parliament which aims to connect all outdoor surveillance cameras in the country – reported nepszava.hu. Data will be stored on a central server for 30 days. In China, a pilot program of 0-24 surveillance already functions connected to a so-called “social credit” system allowing the state to reward the trustworthy and punish the discredited – reported abc.net.au before.
No one would be able to hide from the cameras
Pintér’s bill clears that even though there are many surveillance cameras in the country, nobody monitors them, and most recordings are regularly stored only for 3 days. This is why the government would like to store the data collected on a central server and for at least 30 days. Furthermore, the
government will choose even the provider of the server.
According to the bill, Pintér would like to start centralising the system in Budapest, which will be expanded to the whole country in time. In fact, the following institutions should upload their recordings to the central store:
- authorities responsible for the maintenance of public spaces
- BKK (Centre for Budapest Transport): both cameras on vehicles and in public spaces
- the police
- the Hungarian Public Road Nonprofit PLC
- all banks.
As a result,
criminals, terrorists and even those who travel without a ticket can be caught
– emphasizes the bill which also clears how and in which cases can the recordings be watched or used. For example, in order to hinder an act of terrorism, in cases connected to national security or arresting wanted persons.
Furthermore, BKK would be able to ask for the personal data of those persons who travelled without a ticket. Thus, even though they managed to escape from the eyes of the ticket inspectors, the fine would reach them in their homes.
China is already building a digital dictatorship by using CCTV cameras
In China, a vast network of 200 million CCTV cameras ensures that there is no dark corner to hide. Every single step a citizen takes
will be tracked and judged from 2020 on.
Everybody will get “social credit” for their acts and those who have high points will get VIP services, the best jobs and loans or cheap travel opportunities. In return, for example, you should not buy alcohol or talk with people criticising the government. Meanwhile, for the discredited ones even getting out from their town will be hard. The pilot program already functions and abc.net.au managed to talk with two Chinese about the system.
A woman with high social credit told that she supports the idea because, if every corner of public space is installed with cameras, she will feel safe. In contrast, an investigative journalist who uncovered corruption at the top levels of the Party said that there are already a lot of people on the blacklist wrongly, but they cannot get off it. He is
not even allowed to buy train tickets because of his low social credit.
Maybe there is a connection between Pintér’s bill and why PM Viktor Orban protected China’s interests even during his talks with Japanese PM Abe Shinzō in Brussels.
Here is abc.net.au’s report (Leave no dark corner) on how the Chinese system works:
Source: nepszava.hu, abc.net.au, index.hu, Daily News Hungary