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[liberationtech] Video cameras coming to an SF bar near you

Parker Higgins parker at
Thu May 17 14:21:59 PDT 2012

Hey guys,

When I posted about this on Twitter, I had a few people notify me that
they complained to some of the bars in question at which they were
regulars. At least the Ambassador responded (on Twitter) that they were
pulling out of the program, and their name is no longer on this list:

This move makes sense for the bars as long as this new data they're
getting is very cheap or free. I think enough complaints can convince
them that it's not.


On 5/14/12 2:16 PM, James Losey wrote:
> Hi All,
> This Friday
> <>
> a start-up is launching facial recognition cameras in 25 San Francisco
> bars. The companies goal is to give patrons a sense of the average age,
> male to female ratio, and popularity of a bar before going in. This data
> will also be shared with the bar (aka, tracking attendance/demographics
> on differente evenings).
> Based on the company's privacy policy <>
> states:
>   * No facial photos or video are recorded or stored.
>   * No streaming video may be viewed by venue operators or patrons.
>   * No personal information is collected or even attempted to be collected.
> However, I suspect this could mean that photos/video (with faces
> blurred) might be stored, and its certainly strange to be de facto
> accepting a privacy policy by walking into a bar.
> J
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Parker Higgins
Electronic Frontier Foundation

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