Security at a Taylor Swift show in California secretly used facial recognition technology on the crowd to search for stalkers, Rolling Stone reported Thursday.
A kiosk that showed rehearsal clips of her to entertain fans at her May 18 show at the Rose Bowl had a facial recognition camera hidden inside, which transferred pictures of the unwitting fans to a “command post” in Nashville, Mike Downing, chief security officer of Oak View Group, told the magazine.
“Everybody who went by would stop and stare at it, and the software would start working,” he said. In Nashville, the pictures were cross-referenced with a database of “hundreds” of known Swift stalkers, Downing said.
Oak View Group is an advisory panel for concert venues, and Downing said he was invited to the show for a demonstration of the system by the kiosk’s manufacturer, who was not identified. A rep for Oak View Group did not respond to a request for comment.
It’s unclear whether the hidden camera was used at more venues during Swift’s recently concluded “Reputation” tour.
A representative for Swift did not respond to a request for comment.