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Just How Much Does This Popular Facial Recognition Tool Track People?

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This Manual for a Popular Facial Recognition Tool Shows Just How Much the Software Tracks People
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In 2019, the Santa Fe Independent School District in Texas ran a weeklong pilot program with the facial recognition firm AnyVision in its school hallways. With more than 5,000 student photos uploaded for the test run, AnyVision called the results “impressive” and expressed excitement at the results to school administrators. 
“Overall, we had over 164,000 detections the last 7 days running the pilot. We were able to detect students on multiple cameras and even detected one student 1100 times!” Taylor May, then a regional sales manager for AnyVision, said in an email to the school’s administrators. 
The number gives a rare glimpse into how often people can be identified through facial recognition, as the technology finds its way into more schools, stores, and public spaces like sports arenas and casinos. 
May’s email was among hundreds of public records reviewed by The Markup of exchanges between the school district and AnyVision, a fast-growing facial recognition firm based in Israel that boasts hundreds of customers around the world, including schools, hospitals, casinos, sports stadiums, banks, and retail stores….
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