Facial recognition

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Interest of• Big Brother Watch
• National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence

Facial recognition technology is the automated recognition of individuals. It is being increasingly applied as CCTV cameras, rather than recording video footage are now directly feeding computers power with AI steered image recognition.


In the US, the DOHS provides facial recognition data to private companies such as airlines.[1]

New York

MSG Entertainment, the entity that owns the Radio City Music Hall in New York, has employed a rather controversial practice of placing lawyers who represent individuals suing the company on an "exclusion list." This list is designed to prevent them from attending concerts and sporting events hosted at venues owned by MSG Entertainment, including Radio City Music Hall, Beacon Theater, and Madison Square Garden, which is home to the NY Knicks and the Rangers.[2]

The CEO of MSG Entertainment, James L. Dolan, initiated this policy earlier in the year, extending the ban not just to lawyers representing litigants against the company but to all attorneys affiliated with those law firms. MSG Entertainment has cited the adversarial nature of litigation as the reason for this action. To enforce this policy, they've turned to facial recognition technology, which is legal in New York. The technology scans profile photos on law firm websites, using an algorithm to identify and match hundreds of lawyers instantaneously.[3]

This move has led to legal action against MSG Entertainment, with lawyers arguing that the exclusion list is unlawful. Furthermore, the use of facial recognition technology has sparked controversy, not only among individuals who have been denied entry to events but also among civil liberties advocates. They view it as a concerning development in the growing debate over the need for federal regulation of facial recognition technology, given its implications for privacy and potential misuse in a privatised police state.[4]


Facial recognition technology is increasingly effective, and can now be tied to a large database for realtime lookup.


Facial recognition is reported to be vulnerable to masking with makeup[5], masks, or specially designed clothing.[6]

Legal status

In August 2019, a Dutch law took effect which banning face-covering clothing, including the burqa and niqab, associated with Moslem women.[7]

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