In general, mega security users like Wal-Mart evaluate many technologies and products.
Fortune's title is unfair and misleading: "Walmart’s Use of Sci-fi Tech To Spot Shoplifters Raises Privacy Questions" What real privacy questions? They did a test and rejected it.
Btw, Facefirst has always struck me as a suspicious marketing first company, even compared to other facial recognition offerings.
Saw this article last month. There is nothing in the article that suggests Walmart expressed any questions about privacy.
"However, it also raises questions about whether stores should have to follow rules when using the technology to protect shoppers’ privacy".
The privacy questions seem to be coming only from the author. Thanks John, you are right. That headline tied two things together that were not related. Not fair, at a minimum not accurate.
And that last post (also unrelated) is from a nut job who can look up the capabilities of IVA, a nut job none the less!
Serious, more credible conspiracy theorist from Computerworld magazine who speculates the whole thing was a failed CRM. The evidence though seems a bit thin.
Walmart told Fortune this week that it had surreptitiously used facial-recognition software to try to identify shoppers. This was unusual for Walmart, and in fact it was nearly heresy. That’s because the multi-month-long effort failed, and Walmart just doesn’t admit to failure.
But it’s also because it told Fortune that the effort was part of a security program. In retail, security is simply never discussed. Ever.