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Innocent Woman Branded a Shoplifter by Facial Recognition Software

Mr. Thompson, who works for youth-advocacy group Streetfathers, didn’t think much of it when he walked by a white van near London Bridge in February.

Within a few seconds, though, he was approached by police and told he was a wanted man.

“That’s when I got a nudge on the shoulder, saying at that time I’m wanted.”

He was asked to give fingerprints and held for 20 minutes. He says he was let go only after handing over a copy of his passport.

But it was a case of mistaken identity.

“It felt intrusive… I was treated guilty until proven innocent,” he says.

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  1. I have a Mac computer and kept my photos, 34,519, on iphotos. It does facial recognition, it will often ask whether a certain person is that person. It very much depends on what the base photo you have as to whether it can then recognise a new photo.
    I guess the base photos used will be from when originally arrested – i.e. for shoplifting. I would suspect that any difference – a beard for a man, perhaps certain make up for a woman or just a mask that is relatively common around the world now would counter any photo taken.

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