Published: Thu, December 13, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Taylor Swift stalkers stopped by face recognition software

Taylor Swift stalkers stopped by face recognition software

The system, built into a kiosk showcasing rehearsal footage for Swift's Reputation tour, was meant to weed out people who threaten the pop star.

As they watched, the recordings were sent 2,000 miles away to a command centre in Nashville and cross-checked against a database of hundreds of known stalkers, according to Rolling Stone.

"Everybody who went by would stop and stare at it, and the software would start working", Mike Downing of Oak View Group, which advises performance venues, said.

Mr Downing reportedly attended the gig to witness a demo of the system as a guest of the company that manufacturers the kiosks.

While some have raised privacy concerns over the ownership and storage of the images, concerts are technically private events, and Swift has no obligation to notify ticket holders that they may be surveilled.

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Roger Alvarado, a 22-year old man who broke into her NY home in April, is due to be sentenced to six months in prison next month after pleading guilty to attempted burglary and criminal contempt.

The Reputation Tour kicked off in May of 2018 and beat out the Rolling Stones for highest-selling US tour ever with a revenue of $266.1 million, a number that beat Swift's previously highest-grossing domestic tour by a woman record for her The 1989 World Tour.

Swift has been the target of a disturbing number of stalkers.

The Bad Blood hitmaker has been beset by stalker problems and earlier this year a man was arrested with a knife and ammunition outside her Los Angeles home. Alvarado took a shower and a nap while inside Swift's home. Which, according to Quartz, means that owners can subject attendees to "any kind of surveillance they want"-including facial recognition".

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