Advances in artificial intelligence could supercharge surveillance cameras, allowing footage to be constantly monitored and instantly analysed, the A.C.L.U. warned in a new report.

Businesses and the government have spent years installing millions of surveillance cameras across the United States. Now, that technology is on the verge of getting a major upgrade, the American Civil Liberties Union warns in a new report.

Advancements in artificial intelligence could supercharge surveillance, allowing camera owners to identify "unusual" behaviour, recognise actions like hugging or kissing, easily seek out embarrassing footage and estimate a person's age or, possibly, even their disposition, the group argues.

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What video analytics can do

The associated threat

What can be done