Post by schwartzie on May 26, 2021 19:35:36 GMT -5
More and more surveillance...
NEW REPORT AND SCORECARD SHOWS WHICH RETAILERS ARE USING FACIAL RECOGNITION ON SHOPPERS, EMPLOYEES
Published: May 26, 2021
Shoppers planning to take advantage of Memorial Day sales should know which stores are using racist, dangerous surveillance technology.
Digital rights group Fight for the Future has launched a new website and scorecard that tracks whether or not top retailers use, don’t use, or might use facial recognition on people in their stores. Walmart, Albertsons, Kroger, Lowes, and Macy’s are among the stores flagged as using facial recognition on shoppers and workers. Walgreens, McDonald’s, 7-11, and Best Buy are among retailers that have not clarified their policies. Home Depot, Target, Costco, CVS, Dollar Tree, and Verizon confirmed to Fight for the Future that they are not using facial recognition in their stores.
Walmart says it uses the technology to reduce shoplifting. An Albertsons in Albuquerque used facial recognition on a shopper who had allegedly stolen from the store in the past. And Kroger, Lowes, and Macy’s have all faced lawsuits for using facial recognition in stores in Illinois, where the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act makes it illegal to do so without consent.