"Snooper Bowl 2001"-the use of surveillance cameras and computerized face recognition software to identify fans who attended the Superbowl on January 28, 2001

The Scenario:
During the 2001 Superbowl in Tampa, Florida, the Tampa Police Department employed a computerized surveillance system to take pictures of all who entered the stadium and compared them with a database of criminals' faces. The NFL knew about the project and cooperated fully, but the people entering the stadium were not notified. A Pennsylvania firm called Graphco Technologies, using a computerized face recognition algorithm developed at MIT installed the system.

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Author contact information:
Molisa Derk
Dept. of Computer Science
Oklahoma City University
mderk@okcu.edu