Forget Security Cameras. Stores Are Using Face Recognition to See If You’re a Shoplifter. December 23, 2015
An in-depth piece by the BBC finds that retail stores are increasingly using cameras with face-recognition technology to identify shoplifters—and, in some cases, big spenders.The cameras snap your picture as you walk in or browse the selves, then send it to a database of known shoplifters, often provided by local police. If there's a match, the store's managers or security guards will get a notification on their phone. What they do next—kick you out, follow you around, simply take note of your presence—is up to them. In one pilot program, the doors to a fancy jewelry store in Rotterdam, Netherlands, would actually lock when a suspected shoplifter approached.