Fa­cial recog­ni­tion pro­grams lead to ar­rest

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31, of Apopka, re­port said.

In ad­di­tion, a Semi­nole crime an­a­lyst matched a tat­too on the wo­man’s an­kle in the bul­letin ask­ing for the pub­lic’s help in iden­ti­fy­ing sus­pects with a photo of the tat­too posted on Reynolds’ Face­book ac­count, the re­port said.

The theft oc­curred Nov. 20 theft at Hill­top Ace Hard­ware, 859 W. State Road 50.

Reynolds was iden­ti­fied with help from a Tampa Po­lice De­part­ment crime an­a­lyst who serves on the Tampa Bay Area In­tel­li­gence the


The unit re­ceived the bul­letin about the Cler­mont theft and the an­a­lyst, as part of a 30-day trial, “was test­ing out an in­ter­net based search ap­pli­ca­tion called Clearview, which searches open source im­ages,” ac­cord­ing to a Tampa po­lice spokesman.

Clearview isn’t part of Tampa de­part­ment’s pro­gram, and the spokesman wrote in an email, “We have not pur­chased the ap­pli­ca­tion and have no plans to do so.”



Or­lando an­nounced it would dis­con­tinue test­ing of Ama­zon’s high-tech fa­cial recog­ni­tion soft­ware called Rekog­ni­tion. Af­ter test­ing for more than a year, the city called a halt due to a lack of re­sources.

Use of the face-match­ing soft­ware drew crit­i­cism from the ACLU and other civil rights groups over fears it could be used to track im­mi­grants or pro­test­ers.

In the Cler­mont case, prob­a­ble cause ex­isted for Reynolds’ ar­rest, the re­port said, “based on two an­a­lysts us­ing dif­fer­ent fa­cial recog­ni­tion soft­ware and com­ing up with the same sub­ject as well as the tat­too be­ing a match.”

A cus­tomer at the store saw a cou­ple load­ing char­coal and propane grills and a shop vac into the bed of a black Nis­san Frontier truck and took down the li­cense tag, but it was reg­is­tered to a dif­fer­ent ve­hi­cle, ac­cord­ing to the re­port. The value of the items was $1,233.99.

Reynolds was charged with grand theft. She was re­leased from the Lake County Jail af­ter post­ing $2,000 bond.

No in­for­ma­tion was avail­able on the man seen on se­cu­rity footage help­ing to load items into the truck.


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