January 26, 2021

Privacy: Facial Recognition Technology: “Your Face is Big Data”‘

From PC World:

Got privacy? You may think you do, but a recent experiment by a Russian photographer suggests otherwise.

In a project entitled, “Your face is big data,” Rodchenko Art School student Egor Tsvetkov began by photographing about 100 people who happened to sit across from him on the subway at some point. He then used FindFace, a facial-recognition app that taps neural-network technology, to try to track them down on Russian social media site VK.

It was ridiculously easy to find 60 to 70 percent of the subjects aged between 18 and 35 or so, he found, although for older people it was more difficult.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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