Taylor Swift set up facial recognition at Rose Bowl

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Even though this is Taylor Swift's Reputation stadium tour, obviously she'll also be playing some of her fans' favorite hits from previous albums.

According to reports, a kiosk which showed performance rehearsals before the actual live performance punters paid to see at Rose Bowl on 18 May this year scanned anyone who caught a glimpse for a fiendish reason.

"Everybody who went by would stop and stare at it, and the software would start working", Michael Downing, a former LA police chief who now runs security at the stadium told the magazine.

Vincent, a researcher and advocate for Human Rights Watch, told Slate companies should make people aware when such technology is being used.

The announcement coincides with Swifts birthday (December 13) and she shared it with her fans while posting a thank you message to them on her Instagram post for all their well wishes as she turns 29.

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A second man, Julius Alexander Sandrock, was also arrested in April for trying to gain entry to her home. There the images were fed to a facial recognition system that looked for known Taylor Swift stalkers.

Neither Downing nor Swift's representatives disclosed who manufactured the kiosks nor were available for comment.

Embedded in the kiosk, unbeknownst to fans, was facial recognition technology which was being monitored from a few thousand miles away, in Nashville.

In May, Ticketmaster invested in a startup called Blink Identity, saying that the software could allow ticket-holders to "associate your digital ticket with your image, then just walk into the show".

It's unknown if the system managed to match any concert-goers with those listed on the database, how long the data may be held for or if the singer is planning to use it at future concerts.