Did Your Face Get Scanned at a Taylor Swift Concert?
Taylor Swift's Reputation Tour is making news for a security scam. If you happened to attend one of the tour stops, do you remember seeing a kiosk stationed that was playing rehearsal footage? Fans were encouraged to step up to the kiosk and watch the video while walking into the concert. Sounds pretty harmless right? Wrong.
Every fan that stepped up and watched whatever was playing on that kiosk was subject to a facial scan. Yeah... millions of green little dots were bouncing around your face getting all of your facial info while you were innocently watching rehearsal footage. So..... why were they scanning fans faces?
Apparently after getting the info from the scan, that information was sent to a database that is home to all of Taylor Swift's known stalkers. Rolling Stone explains -
The images were being transferred to a Nashville “command post,” where they were cross-referenced with a database of hundreds of the pop star’s known stalkers.
Okay, this is a lot to take in. Lets start with the obvious question, is this legal? Since concerts are hosted on private properties, a machine like this technically is allowed.
Obviously this is for security purposes, but it has fans incredibly concerned for their safety and the safety of the newly scanned info that machine has. Machines like this are expected to be popping up at venues across the country this year.
Safe or scary? Personally, I feel violated by something like this, but I mean I guess whatever keeps T-Swift safe.