With the the Eric Snowden/NSA scandal still going, Americans should be aware that the government is surveilling citizens in as many ways as they can without them knowing. A new method of snooping on citizens was recently discovered. Facial recognition technology was used at last year’s Boston Calling concert. Concertgoers knew that they weren’t exactly in for a private affair with everyone taking pictures as well as professional photographers and videographers in the place capturing moments. However, they didn’t know that the powers-that-be would be trying out “a sophisticated new event monitoring platform” on attendees “that analyzes every passerby for height, clothing, and skin color.”
According to DigBoston, IBM’s Smart Surveillance System (SSS) and Intelligent Video Analytics (IVA) software “gave authorities a live and detailed birdseye view of concertgoers, pedestrians, and vehicles in the vicinity of City Hall on May 25 and 26 of 2013 (as well as during the two days of a subsequent Boston Calling in September).” The technology reportedly captured thousands of faces in over 50 hours of footage. The technology was allegedly used “To detect traffic congestion and suspicious objects, screen people for possible forensic identification purposes, and conduct real-time video analytics.”
It is not said whether this technology has been used in other places or if it will be used more in the future.