Walmart And Facial Recognition

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  1. Asclepias
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    Went to Wally world today and while waiting in line I was looking up at the video screen and saw something that alarmed me. The picture of people checking out flashed boxes around each persons face every time they turned toward the camera. Did some investigating and found out that they indeed use facial recognition software.

    Sci-fi tech used by Walmart to spot shoplifters raises privacy questions
     
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    Nothing, and I mean nothing, is private about our lives anymore.
     
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    I'm just wondering why I hadnt heard about this. It sucks because I know they are cross referencing all those selfies people take and IDing them.
     
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    That's what the world has come to. You can complain if you want to, but I doubt it would do any good. The technology is easily available, and it isn't going away.
     
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    Pretty soon we will have customized holographic commercials played for us everywhere we walk.

    Looks like I spoke to late.

    German firm uses facial recognition to bring personalized ads
     
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    That is so annoying.
     
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    I read an article years ago about how Target has sensors in the aisles that read how long a customer stands in a particular spot looking at an item. What items they buy. How much time they spend there. It's kinda creepy.
     
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    “The upshot is that, for now, companies have more or less free rein to operate as they wish in the U.S. when it comes to using facial recognition tools. The only exceptions are Illinois and Texas, where state laws limit collection of biometric data. California, which is typically active on consumer privacy issues, is considering a bill that would prevent online vendors from collecting students’ biometric information, but does not have more wide-ranging laws.

    As for the federal government, Neuburger says the Federal Trade Commission could conceivably try to regulate the industry under its unfair trade practice authority, but that the agency is not able to create news laws on its own. Meanwhile, he says Congress is unlikely to pass sweeping laws about privacy and facial recognition anytime soon.” ibid

    And there you have it.

    Also, according to the article, Walmart stopped using the technology earlier this year.
     
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    The unwashed masses don't get privacy. Or justice.

    So, if someone steals from you then there are no ramifications; however, if it goes down in a business then it's another story.
     
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