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Summer Camps Use Facial Recognition So Parents Can Watch From Home

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Bunk1 app images on mobile phone

The Bunk1 app provides a "one-way window into the camper's experience," says Bunk1 president Rob Burns.

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Hundreds of summer camps across the United States have tethered their rustic lakefronts to facial-recognition machines, allowing parents an increasingly omniscient view into their kids' home away from home.

The technology has shoved one of childhood's most traditional rites of passage into the Internet age, offering parents a subtle means of digitally surveilling their kids' blissful weeks of disconnect.

Facial-recognition software has raised alarms with privacy advocates for its ability to quickly identify people from a distance without their knowledge or consent.

Face-scanning photos also have sparked an existential tension at many camps. "How can our kids ever learn to be autonomous when we're always tracking and monitoring them?" says Katie Hurley, a child and adolescent psychotherapist.

From The Washington Post
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