Crime

New App Will Check Your Date to See If They’re a Sex Offender, Stalker

| by Michael Allen

NameTag is a new facial recognition app that identifies strangers who could be cyber stalkers or sex offenders.

Users upload a picture of a person via NameTag, which scans and compares it to photos on social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linked In) and dating website profiles (Plenty of Fish, OKCupid, Match.com).

NameTag also scans the picture against 450,000 faces in the National Sex Offender Registry and other criminal databases, reports BetaBeat.com.

When NameTag is released, the app will be Android and iPhone-friendly, but Google Glass doesn't allow facial recognition apps, notes CNET.

While some people may think NameTag is invading folks' privacy, the app’s developer, Kevin Alan Tussy, says that's not true.

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"I believe that this will make online dating and offline social interactions much safer and give us a far better understanding of the people around us," Tussy told CNET. "It’s not about invading anyone’s privacy. It’s about connecting people that want to be connected."

"We will even allow users to have one profile that is seen during business hours and another that is only seen in social situations," added Tussy.

Sources: BetaBeat.com and CNET