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Smile for those Facebook and Instagram photos. NYPD is scanning you

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NYPD Facial Recognition Unit searches Facebook, Instagram, and other online photo repositories, matching mug shots to online photos, looking for suspects.

A robbery victim told police she thought a friend’s boyfriend did it. She didn’t know his name but said photos of him were on her friend’s Facebook. The matching software id’ed him and has also matched violent robbery suspects.

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