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Big Brother is watching you shop at the mall

UAE retailers have started using Milestone technology to investigate people's shopping habits - from how you approach a store, what you look at and for how long.

Big Brother is watching you shop at the mall

It could be the end of window shopping as we know it.


UAE retailers have started using technology common in the West to investigate people's shopping habits - from how you approach a store, what you look at and for how long.

Until recently, companies based here used CCTV footage mainly for safety and security purposes, partly because the UAE has strict laws surrounding surveillance.

"They seem to have learnt how to get that compliance and now we are starting to see them [adopting the technology for a wider range of uses]," said Peter Biltsted, director for the Middle East and Africa at Milestone Systems, a video management software company.

Read the full story at The National magazine website.