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Boston Police Used Facial Recognition Technology to Capture Every Face at a Recent Music Festival

On May 25 and 26 of 2013, Boston police tested an advanced facial recognition system to monitor concert-goers at the Boston Calling Festival.  Recently, independent investigators with Dig uncovered documents on the Dark Web, showing how IBM was contracted by the city’s government to provide technology that would keep track of all 20,000 attendees at last year’s festival.

The documents showed that IBM allowed the city’s government to use its “Face Capture” software with the intent of tracking the face of every person who came through the door.

This program is a combination of the company’s Smart Surveillance System (SSS) and Intelligent Video Analytics (IVA) software, which were both used for the first time just two months prior for the 2013 Boston Marathon.


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