New App Scans Strangers’ Faces, Finds Their Online Info

NameTag, the world’s most stalker-friendly app, uses facial recognition software to check for social media profiles and criminal history.

As technology evolves, scientists must create new and innovative ways to prevent people from talking in person. The latest breakthrough comes in the form of NameTag, a new app soon to be available for Android and iOS users. The premise is simple — take a picture of a stranger’s face (or, if you’re using those newfangled Google goggles, just stare at it). Using facial recognition software, their face is then run through a database to give you access to their “contact information, social media profiles, interests, hobbies and passions”.

The technology also supposedly allows users to “scan photos against more than 450,000 entries in the National Sex Offender Registry and other criminal databases”. Not the best time to have an evil twin, then.

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The app has been developed by (a name I thought would’ve been claimed by a much dirtier website), who run with the ominous sounding company motto “This is just the beginning.” According to them, “NameTag can make the big, anonymous world we live in as friendly as a small town.” A small town full of sex offenders, presumably.

Their press statement opens with the grandiose declaration that the world is “about to become a much more connected place”. Of course, this is going on the assumption that looking at someone’s Facebook or Twitter makes you feel more connected to them, as opposed to making you want to kill them with a screwdriver. Ultimately, there’s a difference between being connected to people, and feeling connected to people. Watch the video below to see NameTag in action.



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