Published: Fri, December 14, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

Taylor Swift used facial recognition at a concert to detect stalkers

Swift released a short teaser for the concert film showing clips of her on the tour, which included two nights in Dublin's Croke Park.

Confirming the details to Rolling Stone, Mike Downing, chief security officer at Oak View Group, the advisory board for concert venues, spilled on how it worked.

While facial recognition is increasingly being used by authorities to keep track of wrongdoers, entertainers have employed the tech as well - to keep track of stalkers. "Everybody who went by would stop and stare at it, and the software would start working".

The pop star has so many stalkers that the issue was the subject of a Psychology Today article in October.

A second man, Julius Alexander Sandrock, was also arrested in April for trying to gain entry to her home.

As facial recognition technology advances, we'll likely see its use become more prominent in a number of ways, whether it's replacing a ticket to an event by simply scanning your face upon entry, or surveilling an entire population like China is more or less already doing.

Anyway, Back To December and it's not known if this sick beat worked, and Taylor Swift's people aren't talking to confirm or deny.

For Swift fans concerned about their privacy, the singer is providing a way to watch her Reputation show from home. The Verge reported earlier this year that the entity known as Live Nation Entertainment (which includes Ticketmaster and Live Nation) has invested in a company called Blink Identity.

It's unknown if the system managed to match any concert-goers with those listed on the database, how long the data may be held for or if the singer is planning to use it at future concerts.

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