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posted by takyon on Saturday April 14, @03:00AM   Printer-friendly
from the where's-my-mask? dept.

Chinese police have used facial recognition technology to locate and arrest a man who was among a crowd of 60,000 concert goers. The suspect, who has been identified only as Mr Ao, was attending a concert by pop star Jacky Cheung in Nanchang city last weekend when he was caught. Police said the 31-year-old, who was wanted for "economic crimes", was "shocked" when he was caught.

China has a huge surveillance network of over 170 million CCTV cameras.

Mr Ao was identified by cameras at the concert's ticket entrance, and apprehended by police after he had sat down with other concert goers. "The suspect looked completely caught by surprise when we took him away," police officer Li Jin told state news agency Xinhua.

Also at The Washington Post.


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  • (Score: 2) by MostCynical on Saturday April 14, @03:30AM (10 children)

    by MostCynical (2589) on Saturday April 14, @03:30AM (#666766)

    police find guy, and arrest him - Boring, everyone doesn't care.

    Police say they used facial recognition technology in a huge crowd - wow! Be afraid!

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    • (Score: 5, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 14, @03:32AM (2 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 14, @03:32AM (#666767)

      That's pretty good facial recognition tech. They all look alike to me.

      • (Score: 4, Troll) by realDonaldTrump on Saturday April 14, @04:44AM (1 child)

        by realDonaldTrump (6614) Subscriber Badge on Saturday April 14, @04:44AM (#666798) Homepage Journal

        It's very easy for China. Because they don't have the black folks that we have. You show a picture of a black person to facial recognition cyber, the cyber doesn't see a person. And it doesn't see a picture of a person. All it sees is the blackness. Big problem for our law enforcement!!!

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        • (Score: 3, Touché) by Gaaark on Saturday April 14, @01:01PM

          by Gaaark (41) Subscriber Badge on Saturday April 14, @01:01PM (#666909) Homepage Journal

          The police need to stop painting their gun training targets black: they might not shoot black people on sight as much.

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    • (Score: 3, Touché) by black6host on Saturday April 14, @04:30AM

      by black6host (3827) Subscriber Badge on Saturday April 14, @04:30AM (#666788) Journal

      Obviously, you don't appreciate the yearning for the good old days when a bank could be robbed, a liquor store held up or any other number of crimes could be committed with at least some sense of being able to get away with it.

      GTFOff my lawn! :)

    • (Score: 2) by Booga1 on Saturday April 14, @04:43AM (4 children)

      by Booga1 (6333) on Saturday April 14, @04:43AM (#666797)

      Police say they used facial recognition technology in a huge crowd - wow! Be afraid!

      Well, more like used it on the line of people coming through the entrance. Much easier to get a good look at them up close.

      • (Score: 3, Interesting) by MostCynical on Saturday April 14, @05:03AM (3 children)

        by MostCynical (2589) on Saturday April 14, @05:03AM (#666805)

        I'm just not sure they used it at all.

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        • (Score: 2, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 14, @05:40AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 14, @05:40AM (#666812)

          Man, why are you so cynic--

          Never mind.

        • (Score: 2) by lentilla on Saturday April 14, @11:35AM (1 child)

          by lentilla (1770) on Saturday April 14, @11:35AM (#666882)

          I'm inclined to agree with you. They used "old-fashioned policing" to locate him. They made an educated guess that he'd be a concert (social media), probably narrowed down the entrance he'd use (wanted for "economic crime", hmmm, that would be the first class door), and then they posted police to check faces.

          The more interesting facet is why basic police work is ascribed to CCTV. I have two inter-acting theories. Firstly, the government rather likes having a subservient population, so "we can find a needle in a haystack" is a useful narrative (even if it isn't completely true). Secondly, the rank-and-file officers enjoy the cachet of being in a "cyber crime division", so they aren't going to downplay their role - even if all they did was press a button when they saw a rough match. Useful idiots [wikipedia.org], the lot of them.

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 14, @09:47PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 14, @09:47PM (#667064)

            i always wondered why some criminals are so stupid as to announce their intentions and then act surprised when they are caught because of it.

            then again my house got a little robbed when I dared go to a funeral of a relative of my girlfriend that lived with me at the time; someone must have checked the obits and looked for last names and scoped out the address. don't need social media for that, as its an old trick. the stupidity in that is her relatives posted the times and dates and relative names and all that so anyone with a mind could determine who wont be home and for how long.

    • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 14, @06:41AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 14, @06:41AM (#666830)

      They went the long way. Could have used his "smart" phone to track him, that is what its there for, isn't it?

      Anyway, China isn't anywhere near saturation when it comes to CCTV cameras. They have over a billion people. These same CCTV cameras will eventually be installed in your country (that is the jewish plan) to track you too.

  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by realDonaldTrump on Saturday April 14, @04:33AM

    by realDonaldTrump (6614) Subscriber Badge on Saturday April 14, @04:33AM (#666791) Homepage Journal

    PHENOMENAL job once again by law enforcement! China can be proud of them and should embrace them - without them, you don't have a country!

    And trust me, our own law enforcement is working very hard too. With the most modern cyber. My State Department -- our highest law enforcement agency -- has the facial digital for 117 million Americans. And they're adding more all the time. Mostly, the ones with driver licenses. Hook that up to the Social Media and we'll be COOKING WITH GAS!!!

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  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 14, @09:58AM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 14, @09:58AM (#666854)

    It sounds like a computer told police to arrest a guy going about his life, then he was surprised when getting arrested. None of this means it was the right person.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 14, @12:44PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 14, @12:44PM (#666904)

      Thinking about this more. What are they going for with "the suspect was shocked when he was caught"? If they are trying to optimize for how shocked people are to be arrested isn't this actually going to lead to more incorrect arrests? I don't get it.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 16, @06:08PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 16, @06:08PM (#667735)

      like these dumb pigs will even know or care if it's the right person. they just kidnap people for whatever stupid ass reason some leach piece of shit makes up.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 14, @01:10PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 14, @01:10PM (#666911)

    so they also recognized the other 59'999 people at the concert?

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