We are now living in a surveillance nation that would have shocked even George Orwell, the author of the iconic book 1984.
New York-based entertainment corporation, MSG Entertainment, has apparently been caught using a facial recognition system to scan entertainment venues for perceived threats. – opposing attorneys!
Face Recognition Tech Gets Girl Scout Mom Booted From Rockettes Show — Due to Where She Works
When Kelly Conlon joined her daughter’s Girl Scout troop for a fun outing to see the Rockettes perform their Christmas Spectacular show at Radio City Music Hall in New York, she had no idea she would end up booted from the show once she entered the building.
Security stopped Conlon, NBC New York reported, because she is a New Jersey lawyer. It seems that Madison Square Garden Entertainment has begun using facial recognition technology to identify any visitor to any of its venues—including Radio City Music Hall—who is involved with any law firm that is actively involved in litigation against MSG Entertainment.
Conlon has never practiced law in New York nor personally been involved in litigation against MSG Entertainment. Instead, she is guilty by association, as an associate for Davis, Saperstein and Solomon, which has spent years tangled up in litigation against a restaurant that NBC reported is “now under the umbrella of MSG Entertainment.”
According to Conlon, she became aware of this supposed conflict of interest when security guards approached her in the Radio City Music Hall lobby just as she passed through the metal detector. Over the speakers, Conlon heard a warning about a woman in a gray scarf, then security confirmed the warning was about her, telling her, “Our recognition picked you up.”
Despite Conlon assuring security that “I’m not an attorney that works on any cases against MSG," she was escorted out. Ars could not immediately reach MSG for comment, but in a statement, MSG said the same thing would’ve happened to any attorney involved in her firm, claiming that her firm had been “notified twice” of MSG’s policy. <Source>
Unfortunately, the system appears to have a more surreptitious use than providing general security, identifying individuals associated with law firms having legal action against the company.
"MSG instituted a straightforward policy that precludes attorneys pursuing active litigation against the Company from attending events at our venues until that litigation has been resolved,” the statement provided to NBC said. “While we understand this policy is disappointing to some, we cannot ignore the fact that litigation creates an inherently adverse environment.” <Source>
However, the practice raises some disturbing questions.
(1) Where do they proactively obtain facial recognition data to input into their system? Are they using pictures from sex offender databases or criminal registries, or do they purchase data from a third party?
(2) How do they adequately maintain such a database, and how are errors and misidentifications corrected?
(3) Are they using facial recognition data for marketing or other internal purposes?
(4) Are they selling facial recognition data to the government or third parties?
(5) How long are video records and facial recognition data maintained?
(6) Do individuals have a right to determine if they are in the database and see identifiers associated with their picture?
(7) What is the legal remedy for innocent parties trapped by the company’s ‘big brother” policies?
We are entering scary times and are being screwed by the politico-technological complex.
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“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell
“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar
“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS