Big Brother… is… umm… Watching…

Beijing couples intent on stealing a kiss in public are being warned they could be caught on closed-circuit television — and suspected of committing a crime, a state news agency reported Wednesday.

Xinhua News Agency said “intimate acts of lovers may be initially categorized as ‘kidnapping’ or ‘robbery’ by the computers, which are programmed to be sensitive to violations of safe distances.”

But police officers monitoring the cameras will decide if the situation really is dangerous. – [USA Today/AP]

Now it could just be my overly paranoid mind at work, but doesn’t this sound suspiciously like an attempt by Beijing officials to restrict public displays of affection by it’s citizens? It kind of seems like a logical next step, after all, they do censor everything else…

Just a random thought… Please feel free to smack me upside the head with a wet trout if I’m reaching…

Amorous couples in Beijing told to beware surveillance – [USA Today/AP]

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