Barred From Grocery Stores by Facial Recognition


British merchants are increasingly using the technology to combat shoplifting, raising questions about its spread as artificial intelligence rapidly improves it

Facewatch, a British company, is used by retailers across the country frustrated by petty crime. For as little as 250 pounds a month, or roughly $320, Facewatch offers access to a customized watchlist that stores near one another share. When Facewatch spots a flagged face, an alert is sent to a smartphone at the shop, where employees decide whether to keep a close eye on the person or ask the person to leave.


I chose this article to explore how recent technologies are being used within grocery stores.



Satariano, A., & Hill, K. (2023, June 28). Barred from grocery stores by facial recognition. The New York Times.