Portland Gas Station’s Facial Recognition Technology Raises Concerns

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Facial recognition technology has become a hot topic in recent years, and in 2019, KGW.com reported on a gas station in Southeast Portland that implemented this controversial system. While the original post is from 2019, recent footage circulating online has reignited interest in the background of this story. Let’s delve into the details and explore the concerns surrounding the gas station’s use of facial recognition technology.

You can watch the video of the gas station using facial recognition here.

Enhancing Security Measures: The Gas Station’s Approach

The gas station, located on Southeast Grand Avenue, adopted facial recognition technology as a means to deter theft and potential threats. By controlling access, the system aimed to identify individuals involved in previous shoplifting and robbery incidents, denying them entry to the store. A sign prominently displayed next to the camera instructed customers to “Look at camera for entry. Facial recognition in use.”

Look at camera for entry. Facial recognition in use
Look at camera for entry. Facial recognition in use

Mixed Reactions: Privacy and Surveillance Concerns

While some customers may not have noticed the presence of the facial recognition system, others raised concerns about privacy and surveillance. The report featured regular customers who shared their experiences and opinions. One customer mentioned an incident where the system failed to recognize them due to their hat obstructing their face. Despite having reservations about their face being stored in a database, they acknowledged the potential benefits of reducing theft.

Opposing Views: Privacy and Due Process

However, the use of facial recognition technology faced criticism from those who opposed constant surveillance and the potential infringements on privacy. Concerns were raised about misidentifications, private companies compiling blacklists, and the lack of proper due process. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had previously highlighted these issues associated with facial recognition technology, expressing the need for caution and the potential impact on public life.

The Technology Provider: Blue Line Technology

The gas station’s facial recognition system was provided by Blue Line Technology, as indicated by the sign displayed above the main door. Blue Line’s technology synchronized with the door locks, ensuring that access was granted only when the facial recognition system verified the individual’s identity. Notably, the system could operate without individuals needing to pause or directly face the camera.

It is important to note that the information presented in this article is based on the original 2019 report from KGW.com.

Reza Rafati https://cyberwarzone.com

Reza Rafati, based in the Netherlands, is the founder of Cyberwarzone.com. An industry professional providing insightful commentary on infosec, cybercrime, cyberwar, and threat intelligence, Reza dedicates his work to bolster digital defenses and promote cyber awareness.

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