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DHS to Record Hockey Fans to Test Facial Recognition Software

People attending the opening game of the junior ice hockey team Tri-City Americans will be recorded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Video from the Sept. 21 game at the Toyota Center in Kennewick, Wash. will be used by the DHS to test its new facial recognition software.

According to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), which will do the physical recording for the DHS, the facial recognition technology will someday be used to identify terrorists and criminals.

But the U.S. government's technology, such as the NSA's PRISM program, has mostly been used on non-criminals, noted The Guardian, and the Wall Street Journal.

According to the Tri-City Herald, hockey fans who don’t want their faces recorded for the U.S. government will be directed to areas inside the arena where they will supposedly not be recorded.

“If they didn’t want to be videotaped, they could very easily not be videotaped,” Nick Lombardo of PNNL told the Tri-City Herald.

PNNL may be shooting more videos for the DHS at Toyota Center games, which the arena has agreed to allow.

“I think it’s in our best interest to help facilitate the development of the technology. It’s in everybody’s best interest,” said Cory Pearson, executive director of VenuWorks, which operates the Toyota Center.

However, the American people have been made the same promises multiple times by the U.S. government, but have had their emails, web browsing and phone calls secretly monitored without their knowledge.

Sources: Tri-City Herald, The Guardian,, Wall Street Journal


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