Just a week ago Big Brother Watch reported on the launch of the Internet Eyes snooping scheme in three outlets of Budgens in Norfolk.
Thankfully, the shop owner has seen sense and stopped using the system barely a week later after receiving a number of complaints from his regular customers. Jinx Hundal said:
“The last thing I wanted to do was upset my customers. I have spoken to customers via our customer forum and there have been concerns raised, with customers saying they were uneasy about being viewed by members of the public. I made a mistake and I am genuinely sorry for that.”
This is a positive step. Shop owners will not want the negative publicity associated with a system allowing strangers to spy on everyday customers for financial gain.
Tony Morgan, the creator of the site, said this:
“The intention behind the Internet Eyes service has always been to protect the retailer and their patrons. We are disappointed that the trial has met with opposition and fully support the retailer’s decision to end the scheme.”
34 businesses have signed up to the system and the stores in Norfolk were the first to go live. If anyone has information about other stores using Internet Eyes please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org so we can make it public and put pressure on the owners to think again about this heavily intrusive system.