Facial recognition technology used to look for a Taylor Swift stalker

Cristina Cross
December 14, 2018

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.

The system being adapted for Taylor's concert followed a break in to her property in NY.

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

Swift has had a number of issues with insane fans trying to track her down.

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And this, by the way, gives you an idea of the kind of thing Taylor's team was trying to protect her from.

The images captured were sent to a "command post" in Nashville, Swift's home town, Mr Downing told Rolling Stone magazine.

Fans who attended her concert at the Rose Bowl in California on May 18 had their photos taken with facial recognition technology.

An obsessed stalker of the singer broke into her home in April, pleading guilty to attempted burglary and criminal contempt this month.

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It's clear the Love Story singer takes her security seriously, as she's had many security threats in the past after most recently in September this year, she got a restraining order against Eric Swarbrick. Another was arrested outside her Beverly Hills home with a knife in his vehicle as well as a mask.

The burglar will be sentenced to six months in prison as well as five years probation. Swift captioned the trailer, later adding that the film will premiere New Year's Eve on Netflix.

Neither Downing nor Swift's representatives disclosed who manufactured the kiosks nor were available for comment.

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