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Taylor Swift fans had their faces scanned and analyzed without them even knowing.
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Taylor Swift fans had their faces scanned and analyzed without them even knowing.

Rolling Stone reported on Dec 12, 2018 that attendees of Taylor Swift’s 2018 Rose Bowl performance had their faces secretly scanned at a kiosk playing rehearsal footage so they could be cross-referenced with a Nashville-based database of the pop star’s known stalkers

The Chief Security Officer of Oak View Group, a live events consulting group, told Rolling Stone that he saw the tech in action.

Mike Downing, CSO, OVG: ‘Everybody who went by would stop and stare at it, and the software would start working.’

NowThis reached out to Oak View Group for comment but did not get a response. It’s still unclear who created the technology used at the concert and what happened to the data after it was collected.

Swift has frequently been the victim of stalking incidents. Most recently, a man pled guilty in December 2018 for criminal contempt and attempted burglary after taking a shower and sleeping in Swift’s NYC home. The use of facial recognition tech still raises privacy concerns and is considered invasive by many.

‘Stalking of celebrities is a serious problem. I understand why they’re worried about it but this is a very powerful technology. I don’t think they should use it without telling people that they’re using it.’

But according to the ACLU, private companies don’t need consent to use facial recognition tech.

‘Generally private companies and private individuals have a right to take photographs on their own property and they can analyze those photographs using face recognition or any other way.’

Neither the Rose Bowl Stadium nor Swift’s representatives could be reached for comment by NowThis.

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Taylor Swift fans had their faces scanned and analyzed without them even knowing.
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Taylor Swift fans had their faces scanned and analyzed without them even knowing.

Rolling Stone reported on Dec 12, 2018 that attendees of Taylor Swift’s 2018 Rose Bowl performance had their faces secretly scanned at a kiosk playing rehearsal footage so they could be cross-referenced with a Nashville-based database of the pop star’s known stalkers

The Chief Security Officer of Oak View Group, a live events consulting group, told Rolling Stone that he saw the tech in action.

Mike Downing, CSO, OVG: ‘Everybody who went by would stop and stare at it, and the software would start working.’

NowThis reached out to Oak View Group for comment but did not get a response. It’s still unclear who created the technology used at the concert and what happened to the data after it was collected.

Swift has frequently been the victim of stalking incidents. Most recently, a man pled guilty in December 2018 for criminal contempt and attempted burglary after taking a shower and sleeping in Swift’s NYC home. The use of facial recognition tech still raises privacy concerns and is considered invasive by many.

‘Stalking of celebrities is a serious problem. I understand why they’re worried about it but this is a very powerful technology. I don’t think they should use it without telling people that they’re using it.’

But according to the ACLU, private companies don’t need consent to use facial recognition tech.

‘Generally private companies and private individuals have a right to take photographs on their own property and they can analyze those photographs using face recognition or any other way.’

Neither the Rose Bowl Stadium nor Swift’s representatives could be reached for comment by NowThis.

#TaylorSwift #Facialrecognition #Tech #Security #Privacy

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