Face recognition tech got a Girl Scout mom kicked out of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Ana Kasparian and John Iadarola discuss on The Young Turks. Watch TYT LIVE on weekdays 6-8 pm ET.
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“A recent incident at Radio City Music Hall involving the mother of a Girl Scout is shedding light on the growing controversy of facial recognition, as critics claim it is being used to target perceived enemies — in this case, by one of the most famous companies in the country.
Kelly Conlon and her daughter came to New York City the weekend after Thanksgiving as part of a Girl Scout field trip to Radio City Music Hall to see the Christmas Spectacular show. But while her daughter, other members of the Girl Scout troop and their mothers got to go enjoy the show, Conlon wasn’t allowed to do so.
That’s because to Madison Square Garden Entertainment, Conlon isn’t just any mom. They had identified and zeroed in on her, as security guards approached her right as he got into the lobby.”
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A mom who tried to take uh her daughter To the Rockettes in New York City Um ran into a little bit of an issue Because it turns out that the Radio City Music Hall didn't allow her into the Event because facial recognition Technology identified her as a lawyer Who might be a bit of a problem for the Corporation that owns the venue okay so Let's get to the details here Kelly Conlon and her daughter traveled to New York City the weekend after Thanksgiving As part of a girl scouts field trip to See the Christmas Spectacular show now While her daughter and other members of The Girl Scouts were able to get in with No problems their mothers um I'm sorry Other members of the Girl Scout Troops And their mothers got to enjoy the show Uh the mother in question here was not Able to get in and that's because facial Recognition software used by Madison Madison Square Garden entertainment Which operates this venue id'd her as a Lawyer for a firm they're currently in Litigation with now the mother claims no I'm no longer working for that firm and I'm not suing you know the the you know Parent company here at all whatever all Of that is actually irrelevant if you Ask me The fact of the matter is they had all This information about this woman Including where she worked
Um you know who she is just based on Facial recognition technology that they Were utilizing through the security Checkpoint to get in yeah I don't Understand why they cared to bother her Even if it was true that she was a Lawyer involved in litigation If she was a lawyer involved in Litigation wouldn't you not want to make A whole big deal about banning her I Feel like that would inspire a more Vigorous case against you what's the What's the argument what's the rationale For Banning her conlon told NBC it was Pretty simultaneous I think to me going Through the metal detector that I heard Over an intercom or loudspeaker I heard Them say woman with long dark hair and a Gray scarf I believe they said that our Recognition picked you up So she was asked to give her name an ID A sign in the venue says facial Recognition is in fact used as a Security measure okay to ensure safety To ensure safety for the guests okay but Conlin posed no threat at all Um and the guards kicked her out anyway With the explanation that they knew she Was an attorney that's what the guards Told her we know you're an attorney uh And we don't allow attorneys working on Litigation against us to enter any of Our venues we have that policy and we Don't believe we're breaking the law by
Preventing you from getting in look them Preventing her from getting in yes that Is an issue it's how they determined who She is that's a bigger issue a much Bigger issue it's nuts Yeah and if they would do this to a Lawyer who might or might not be Involved in some sort of case think About the venues that would like to stop Independent journalists or activists Public political candidates like think About the other ways that that some Powerful people would want to use this And she says even though they asked her For her name quote they knew my name Before I told them they knew the firm I Was associated with before I told them And they told me I was not allowed to be There and Conlin is an associate with The New Jersey based Law Firm Davis Saperstein and Solomon which for years Has been involved in personal injury Litigation against a restaurant venue Now Under the Umbrella of MSG Entertainment so that's the company Um that's uh the issue here and they're Using the facial recognition technology For security purposes it's so weird no We're already living in the dystopian Society How do we get out of it I don't want This thanks for watching The Young Turks I really appreciate it another way to Show support is through YouTube
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