Tampa Ditches Face Recognition After It Catches Exactly No One In Two Years
from the sounds-useful dept
There was a huge uproar after police in Tampa started using facial recognition software to try to catch wanted criminals. More than two years after the system debuted, police are tearing it down saying that it didn't help them catch a single person. It turns out that, the face recognition system pretty much saw everyone as being regular people (well, indirectly it did catch one person - but it was the wrong guy, and it was because a demo of the system caught the eye of a woman who insisted, falsely, that the guy seen in the demo was her ex-husband). While plenty of people have said for years that face recognition systems for catching people in a general crowd are useless, now there's a bit more evidence to support that assertion. A police spokesperson still tried to put a positive spin on the test saying that maybe knowledge of the system kept criminals away from Tampa. Yeah, I'm sure that was the first thing on the minds of fugitives on the run: "gotta avoid Tampa, they have a facial recognition system on the streets..."