Big Brother checkouts could profile shoppers


Sarah Knapton
London Telegraph
May 7, 2014

Big brother style self-service check-outs which socially profile customers to stop shoplifters are in development, it has emerged.

Credit: pinadd / Flickr

Credit: pinadd / Flickr

Symbol Technologies, the company which helped develop self-scan checkouts for Tesco and Asda, has lodged a patent for a programme which monitors a lot more than the shopping in your basket.

The technology takes into account whether the store is located in a bad area; the time of day; shopping history and queue length before determining if it is likely a shopper has stolen items.

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