NBC New York: Your NYC Supermarket May Know Your Face Better Than You Think

March 15, 2023

New York City Mayor Eric Adams recently urged businesses to use facial recognition to fight shoplifting. While some in the supermarket agreed that shoplifting is a problem, and others didn’t have privacy concerns considering all the cameras that are already around the city, the D.C.-based Electronic Privacy Information Center has a problem with it all.

“Just because they don’t sell it, doesn’t mean — is it being disseminated without selling it? Or that they’re getting that information from other entities. So there’s kind of a loophole there,” said Jermaine Scott, senior counsel and director of the group.

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