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Taylor Swift concealed facial-recognition camera to identify stalkers on tour

The audience thought they were watching rehearsal footage of her Reputation tour – when they were the ones being watched, photographed and analysed.

Taylor Swift concealed facial-recognition camera to identify stalkers on tour

(Photo: Reuters/Mike Blake)

When thousands of fans went to Taylor Swift's Reputation concert in the US, they didn't just pass through metal detectors. Nope, Swift's security team went high-tech to spot stalkers.

According to Rolling Stone, a facial recognition camera was operational at the singer's Rose Bowl concert in California – cleverly concealed inside a display unit showing video clips of tour rehearsals. That camera took pictures of everyone who stopped to look.

"Everybody who went by would stop and stare at it, and the software would start working," said Mike Downing, chief security office of Oak View Group, in Rolling Stone. 

The pictures were then transferred to Nashville, where they were cross-referenced with a database of Taylor's alleged stalkers.

The Look What You Made Me Do singer has been in the news for having individuals accused of stalking her. One man, who was accused of threatening to kill her and her family, has been sentenced to 10 years of probation, reported E! News.

Source: CNA/bk

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