So, Madison Square Garden has your face, well if you attended a show there recently. As a security measure, Madison Square Garden’s security team has been compiling images of your face for quite sometime now. It’s been using facial recognition as a form of security as a way of keeping everyone safe. Using cameras to capture images of it’s users. Then running those images through an algorithm to compare them against a database of images. One would assume that database would be a database of criminals. Or logs of problematic attendees to other venues.
This would be ok, however, no one knows when this was implemented in Madison Square Garden. Nor is it possible to be made aware of which events that the facial recognition has been used for. All of them? Some of them? All the Garden, Madison Square Garden’s mamagement team told New York Times:
“MSG continues to test and explore the use of new technologies to ensure we’re employing the most effective security procedures to provide a sage and wonderful experience for our guests”
Madison Square Garden: How could this tech be used?
Consequently, MSG could use the technology internally to determin who’s allowed in certain areas of the venue. As we enquired above and NYT mentioned in their article. Facial recognition software for public venues are pointless without law enforcement watch lists. Therefore, what’s the point of having them without it? Who know’s what else that this tech could be used for. Would our faces be sold for marketing purposes? Also, who else is going to have my face?
However, the ultimate question is though, would you feel safer knowing that this tech, could prevent unsavoury characters from entering the building. If someone could have a picture of your face?
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