Taylor Swift used facial recognition at a concert to detect stalkers

Sheila Mcguire
December 14, 2018

As reported by Rolling Stone, the fan-favorite kiosk showing clips of Swift in rehearsal was actually a front for high-tech security.

Taylor Swift's team set up hidden cameras inside of display kiosks throughout the venue. What they didn't know is that their pictures were quietly being taken and then sent back to a command post in Nashville for analysis.

"Everybody who went by would stop and stare at it, and the software would start working", Mike Downing, chief security officer for the Oak View Group told Rolling Stone.

Even though this is Taylor Swift's Reputation stadium tour, obviously she'll also be playing some of her fans' favorite hits from previous albums.

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Vincent, a researcher and advocate for Human Rights Watch, told Slate companies should make people aware when such technology is being used.

The singer allegedly receives hundreds of death and rape threats regularly from sketchy fans.

Neither representatives for Swift or the Rose Bowl Arena immediately returned Fox News' request for comment.

Then earlier, in April, Julius Sandrock was arrested outside Taylor's Beverly Hills home, wearing a mask and with a knife in his auto.

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Taylor Swift is using facial recognition at her concerts.

Either way, it has the potential to be pretty damaging if we're not careful with how we use it.

Facial recognition is likely to become more widely used in concert venues across the world following Ticketmaster's investment in Blink Identity in May, a biometric start-up which has created a system which links a concert-goers face with a digital ticket to remove the need for in-venue checks. "So until these concerns are addressed across the board, people will rightfully be wary of facial recognition technology, regardless of where they are".

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