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Long-dead singer Roy Orbison is spotted on Capitol Hill by facial recognition software while activists scan thousands of random faces to protest against the technology’s surveillance capabilities

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November 18, 2019

Privacy advocates used Amazon’s facial recognition to scan thousands of random faces around Capitol Hill in Washington DC to highlight the dangers of this technologies surveillance capabilities.

While walking around, the team found the facial recognition successfully identified a congressman, but also claimed to spot Roy Orbison – an American singer who died in 1988.

The demonstration was a message to Congress to ban the technology, there’s no law preventing people from scanning your face without your consent anytime you step out in public.

A small group of activists walked outside and inside Capitol Hill wearing hazmat suits and smartphones strapped to their heads on Thursday to protest the use of facial recognition on the public without consent.

Using Rekognition, Amazon’s commercially available facial recognition software, the activists scanned nearly 14,000 faces that they cross-checked with a database to see if anyone could be identified.

But the purpose of this protest is to have lawmakers ban the technology.

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This article was posted: Monday, November 18, 2019 at 7:26 am

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