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Inside the Law: Tattoo Recognition Technology Lawsuit

June 05, 2018 - 3:30 am

By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions​

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- What does the government think about your tattoo?

The New York Post interviewed a man whose fiancé wouldn’t marry him unless he removed the tattoo of his ex-girlfriend’s mother from his butt. 

Wow! Can you imagine that back story? 

As for his backside, in addition to all the questions that disturbing decision raises is one more disturbing question: what information does the government collect about it? 

A digital rights advocacy group just filed a freedom of information lawsuit against the government to get information about its tattoo recognition technology, which, unbeknownst to many, it uses for the identification and linking of individuals to others with similar tattoos, like gang membership signs. 

The digital rights group is investigating whether the program violates privacy rights. 

The gentleman has now revised his butt tattoo to say “keep out,” still kinda creepy — but before you decide what you want to say in permanent ink, think about what the government thinks it says about you.