Taylor Swift secretly surveilling her fans using facial recognition technology might sound like science fiction – but Rolling Stone reported on Thursdaythat the pop star has been doing exactly that in an effort to root out stalkers.
Swift has stayed silent on the report, declining to comment to the Guardian and other news organizations. But the episode has raised ethical questions for civil rights groups concerned about privacy.
“Stalkers are a generally scary phenomenon and everyone understands why someone like Taylor Swift would want to be protected against them,” says Jay Stanley, the American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) senior policy analyst. “But this does have larger implications. It is not about this one deployment, it is about where this is technology is headed.”