Hey mom, did you see this? Camps are using facial recognition, latest use of controversial tech

July 17, 2018

USAToday highlights how over 100 summer camps are utilizing facial recognition technology to provide parents with a glimpse of their children while they’re away. Austin-based company, Waldo Photos, offers parents a private code to sign up and upload a headshot or selfie of their child to their system. Waldo’s facial recognition software then scans photos uploaded by the camp to its website to identify matches with the parent-provided headshots, and automatically texts the photos to the child’s parents. While the service has been embraced by parents, privacy watchdogs raise concerns over the increasing reach of surveillance in society and the potential misuse of photo recognition technology by police.