Taylor Swift is in some hot water for using facial recognition technology on her concertgoers without their permission or knowledge.
According to Rolling Stone‘s Steve Knopper, during Swift’s May 18th Rose Bowl show, facial recognition was being unknowingly used on her fans. A kiosk that showed rehearsal clips of Taylor had a facial recognition camera inside taking their photos.
“The images were being transferred to a Nashville ‘command post,’ where they were cross-referenced with a database of hundreds of the pop star’s known stalkers,” Rolling Stone reported citing Mike Downing.
Mike Downing is the chief security officer of Oak View Group, an advisory board for concert venues.
“Everybody who went by would stop and stare at it, and the software would start working,” Mike told the magazine about the kiosks at Taylor’s shows.
It’s unclear how long these people’s faces will stay on file and what else their images were used for. Revelations about Taylor’s facial recognition technology came days after one of her stalkers was jailed for trying to break into her New York City townhouse.
Roger Alvarado plead guilty to attempted burglary and criminal contempt.
Taylor just announced that she filmed her fans for a tour documentary too. The Reputation Stadium Tour video will premiere on Netflix on New Year’s Day.
It’s not so much a documentary movie about her tour, but a filmed concert movie.