NYPD Used Woody Harrelson Photo to Find Lookalike Beer Thief

A report says the New York Police Department used a photo of Woody Harrelson in its facial recognition program in an attempt to identify a beer thief who looked like the actor.

By Associated Press, Wire Service Content?May 16, 2019
By Associated Press, Wire Service Content?May 16, 2019, at 5:15 p.m.
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NYPD Used Woody Harrelson Photo to Find Lookalike Beer Thief

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This undated image provided by Georgetown University's Center on Privacy and Technology shows presentation material with images of a wanted suspect in a New York Police Department document obtained by the university. Georgetown University's Center on Privacy and Technology published a report Thursday, May 16, 2019, on what it says are flawed practices in law enforcement's use of facial recognition. The report says NYPD used a photo of Woody Harrelson in its facial recognition program in an attempt to identify the beer thief who looked like the actor. (Georgetown University Center on Privacy and Technology via AP) The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A report says the New York Police Department used a photo of Woody Harrelson in its facial recognition program in an attempt to identify a beer thief who looked like the actor.

Georgetown University's Center on Privacy and Technology highlighted the April 2017 episode in a report Thursday on what it says are flawed practices in law enforcement's use of facial recognition.

The report says Harrelson's photo produced several possible matches, and contributed to one arrest. Harrelson's photo was used because security footage was too pixelated.

The NYPD says facial recognition is only a means of producing leads and that no one has been arrested because of a facial match alone.

The Georgetown report says facial recognition has helped the NYPD crack about 2,900 cases in more than five years of using the technology.

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