By Ann Brown
Tristan Jackson-Stankunas has experienced firsthand the racial bias of facial recognition technology.
A customer at Rite Aid, Jackson-Stankunas was accused of being a shoplifter in a Los Angeles store based on someone else’s photo. While shopping for air freshener in September 2016, he was ordered by a manager to leave the store. The manager told him he had received a security image of Jackson-Stankunas taken at another Rite Aid in 2013 from which he allegedly had stolen goods.
Jackson-Stankunas saw the photo on the manager’s phone and told Reuters he had nothing in common with the person except their race: Both are Black.
“The guy looks nothing like me,” Jackson-Stankunas said. He was ultimately allowed to make his purchase and leave the store. Rite Aid “only identified me because I was a person of color. That’s it,” he said.
Jackson-Stankunas, 34, filed a complaint with the California Department of Consumer Affairs after the incident.
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