Musicians do not want Ticketmaster scanning faces

FUTURISM – Taylor Swift may be fine with having her fans’ faces scanned at concerts, but Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello sure isn’t.

On Monday Morello started, uh, raging against the machine that is Ticketmaster by joining digital rights group Fight for the Future’s campaign opposing the company’s use of facial recognition tech on concert attendees.

“I don’t want Big Brother at my shows targeting fans for harassment, deportation, or arrest,” Morello tweeted.

In May 2018, Ticketmaster’s parent company Live Nation announced it would begin implementing facial recognition tech at its venues. Instead of waiting in line to show tickets, fans could just walk into venues while cameras scanned their faces, matching them to a database of known ticket holders.

But Fight for the Future warns that facial recognition tech could have unintended consequences for concertgoers. READ MORE

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