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Tampa drops face software

More than two years after Tampa installed a controversial surveillance system to scan peoples’ faces in a crowd and match them against a criminal database, the city’s police department has scrapped the practice. The department today said it elected not to renew its annual agreement with Minnetonka, Minn.-based Identix Inc., for the facial recognition software. “While the software proved reliable in testing, there have been no positive identifications or arrests attributed to the software,” a department press release noted. That’s good news to privacy advocates who railed against the surveillance system, saying it resembled Big Brother, and wouldn’t deliver on its promises. Full Story

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