With facial recognition, shoplifting may get you banned in places you've never been

CNET | 3/20/2019 | Alfred Ng
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A live demonstration uses artificial intelligence and facial recognition in dense crowd spatial-temporal technology at the Horizon Robotics exhibit at the Las Vegas Convention Center during CES 2019.

At my bodega down the block, photos of shoplifters sometimes litter the windows, a warning to would-be thieves that they're being watched.

Posters - Incidents - Owner - Memory

Those unofficial wanted posters come and go, as incidents fade from the owner's memory.

But with facial recognition, getting caught in one store could mean a digital record of your face is shared across the country. Stores are already using the technology for security purposes and can share that data -- meaning that if one store considers you a threat, every business in that network could come to the same conclusion.


One mistake could mean never being able to shop again.

This is part of a CNET special report exploring the benefits and pitfalls of facial recognition.

News - Shopkeepers - Concerns - Overreach - Example

While that may be good news for shopkeepers, it raises concerns about potential overreach. It's just one example of how facial recognition straddles the line between being a force for good and being a possible violation of personal privacy. Privacy advocates fear that regulations can't keep up with the technology -- found everywhere from your phone to selfie stations -- leading to devastating consequences.

"Unless we really rein in this technology, there's a risk that what we enjoy every day -- the ability to walk around anonymous, without fearing that you're being tracked and identified -- could be a thing of the past," said Neema Singh Guliani, the American Civil Liberties Union's senior legislative counsel.

Technology - Places - Day - Taylor - Swift

The technology is appearing in more places every day. Taylor Swift uses it at her concerts to spot potential stalkers, with cameras hidden in kiosks for selfies. It's being used in schools in Sweden to mark attendance and at airports in Australia for passengers...
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