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Fugitive Surrounded by 60K Concert-Goers Busted by Tech

Man in China wanted by police is done in by facial-recognition technology
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2018 2:24 PM CDT
Facial Recognition Tech Busts Man in Crowd of 60K
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(Newser) – Big Brother is not only watching, he's got pretty sharp eyesight. A fugitive in China found this out the hard way when he got arrested at a pop concert attended by about 60,000 people—thanks to facial recognition technology. The man identified only as Mr. Ao traveled to the show in Nanchang by Hong Kong entertainer Jacky Cheung with his wife, and CCTV cameras detected his presence at the concert's entrance, reports Mashable. He then took his seat, but not for long.

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"The suspect looked completely caught by surprise when we took him away," a police officer told Chinese news agency Xinhua, per the BBC. But perhaps he shouldn't have been too shocked, given that China has an estimated 170 million CCTV cameras now operating, with plans for an additional 400 million over the next three years. The details of Ao's alleged misdeeds were not clear, other than that they were "economic crimes." (Read more facial recognition technology stories.)

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