McClaughry: Facial recognition a threat to privacy rights

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Facial recognition data in government hands could lead to a staggering invasion of individuals’ most basic privacy rights.

By John McClaughry

Last month Kelly Conlon arrived with her daughter’s Girl Scout troop to watch a performance at Radio City Music Hall, but she abruptly was denied entry. Why? Conlon works for a law firm that Radio City’s parent company had blacklisted. Conlon was found out for an even more surprising reason: the venue’s use of facial recognition technology.

Conlon’s experience, while bizarre, gives a glimpse into a future with abundant facial recognition devices — one where our personal information can be accessed and used against us at a moment’s notice.

Conlon is an attorney working for a New Jersey-based law firm which is currently involved in personal injury litigation against a restaurant owned by MSG Entertainment, the parent company which also owns Radio City Music Hall. A twist of this litigation is that the company decided that all attorneys working for law firms engaged in litigation against them are banned “from attending events at our venues until that litigation has been resolved.”

Conlon says she was identified almost immediately by a facial recognition device, and almost immediately heard over an intercom or loudspeaker, “woman with long dark hair and a grey scarf.” Security demanded her ID, told her that she had been spotted by facial recognition, she was not allowed to be there, and forced her to wait outside during the show.

Facial recognition data in government hands could lead to a staggering invasion of individuals’ most basic privacy rights.

John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute. Reprinted with permission from the Ethan Allen Institute Blog.

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6 thoughts on “McClaughry: Facial recognition a threat to privacy rights

  1. “The U.S. federal government is tracking people who decided not to get the COVID-19 vaccine injection, according to bombshell federal government records and video exclusively obtained by NATIONAL FILE. According to the shocking video, unvaccinated people are quietly tracked when they go to the doctor’s office or to the hospital due to a quiet new program proposed and implemented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Government meeting materials make clear that the new program is designed to “to track people who are not immunized or only partially immunized.”

  2. This is scary as all hell. So let’s see if I get this right; a business is forced to allow someone to come in that place of business and order a cake be made for the wedding of a gay couple and the owner of the business is required to do it even if it’s against the owners religious ethics/beliefs.
    Yet, for no legal reason, Radio City can turn someone away that has a paid ticket.
    This is the nightmare of our times – there is very little anymore that is consistent across the board. In one state you can abort and kill a viable human one minute before birth legally and in another state you would be in jail for manslaughter.
    We have become a country so fractured that we have no baseline consensus of what is right and wrong anymore. It is only getting worse. I am so sorry for our children for this country we have wrought.

    • I’m with you Mr. Cassady, I too am deeply concerned for our children.

      Last evening on the Channel 3 news there was a report from Brighter Futures about an increase in anxiety and depression in very young children.

      On abortion, no matter the propaganda, I wouldn’t be as quick to believe that full-term babies are aborted.

      • Joy, I would sincerely hope that a near-term fetus would never be aborted, but in Vermont, it appears to be a legal possibility. And, I think that if something can happen, at some point, it will.
        My stand is that I am personally against abortion, however as a man, it is not my place to tell a woman what she can do with her own body. The far right did this country a huge disservice by pushing for the dismembering of Roe v Wade, as it was a perfect compromise that worked well for 50 years and polls over and over showed it was supported by the majority of Americans.

  3. Not only that, but central bank digital currencies (CBDC) would allow anyone to be fined or sanctioned for what the government decided were “improper” activities.

    Such as, perhaps:
    Buying too many guns or too much ammo.
    Driving too much.
    Saying bad things on FB.
    Being a climate denier.

    Tie facial recognition to CBDC and this is a powerful combination for control by the central authorities.

    The word on the street is that CBDCs are coming this year or next, through a manufactured economic collapse wherein the banks will swoop in with “a solution” to save the system.

    And then there’s this:

    I’ve said before that what’s happening now is so fantastic that most people can’t believe it’s happening. Still true.


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