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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Russian Photographer Tracked Down People through Facial Recognition App

Russian Photographer Tracked Down People through Facial Recognition App

Russian Photographer Tracked Down People through Facial Recognition App

Added: Saturday, April 16th, 2016
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It turned out to be very easy to identify strangers on social media if you use facial recognition app. A Russian photographer has just proved this in practice. Egor Tsvetkov took pictures of strangers in St Petersburg’s subway and used facial recognition software which scans through profiles on VK (VKontakte), Russia’s biggest social network, in the attempt to track down their online profiles.

He named his series of photographs “Your Face is Big Data”, since it demonstrates the abilities of the powerful facial recognition software: indeed, today a complete stranger can find you at the mouse click.

Egor explained that his project aimed to show how technology can affect privacy, especially if you are too lazy to activate the relevant settings on your social media profiles. The photographer said that none of people in subway noticed that he photographed them, though he used a regular camera and didn’t try to hide it. After he released the project, one girl texted him and said that it was a bad feeling when she saw herself. However, she had to admit that she fully understood Egor’s idea.

The photographer added that the project had revealed the difference between the persona people present on the Internet and in real life. Egor used the app called FindFace, which was developed by the Moscow-based firm N-Tech.Lab. This piece of software was launched in February 2016 and trawls through millions of profiles on Russian Facebook to find the requested person within seconds. Egor emphasized just how well this app works: if you run some of his photos through the website, the profiles of most of his subjects will be easy to locate. This approach deprives people of the right to anonymity.

In should be mentioned that facial recognition software has already proved problematic for Facebook: 5 years ago, the company’s commitment to privacy was questioned when the social network turned on facial recognition software to automatically identify people in pictures. In Germany, it went as far as to threaten Facebook with legal action for violating privacy laws.

At the moment, it is impossible to trawl through Facebook using facial recognition. Nor there is any western equivalent of FindFace.

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Date:  Saturday, April 16th, 2016

Comments (7) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2016-04-16 11:56:28)
No avatarI think it would be naive to think there is no such Facebook software!

posted by Turtle (2016-04-16 17:38:47)
BaBaDapper avatar" if you run some of his photos through the website, the profiles of most of his subjects will be easy to locate. This approach deprives people of the right to anonymity." Yes I have my photo on my profile but want to be anonymous.

posted by (2016-04-16 21:22:10)
kbsoftware avatarYeah I don't think anyone who's posted anything on Facebook or Russia's equivalent is really expecting privacy well not anyone smart enough to know better. What I'm more curious about is how challenging would it be to write a piece of software that could scrape Facebook, Twitter etc. creating a database and then use facial recognition to compare with that database from there any one it finds you would have their Facebook info etc.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanmen (2016-04-17 05:28:19)
analogkid6103 avatarOne more reason why facebook,the dbase of the old myspace and and ect. Poison. I never made a profile in. I heard of this kind of feature years ago due to casinos and ect. using the tech. It is amazing the kind of files a casino and its business partners have since they mandate using State/Federal I.D to go in.
All of a sudden they have to much info and whoever they choose to share/sell and or trade with. And with cameras almost everywhere now and more added everyday. Before long even the illusion of "privacy" will be dead. .

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanKitty (2016-04-17 23:28:24)
SirSeedsAlot avatarpost everything about yourself online. it's good practice. you gave away your privacy way before the government took it.

posted by ET lover (2016-04-18 21:49:56)
Beamer_Smith avatarFacebook absolutely has facial recognition.. If I post a picture of a group of friends, FB prompts me to tag faces of folks I know.. Kinda freaked me out the first time it happened. Now I tag all the faces but in the wrong order.. Google does it too.. If I add a Contact that Google already knows, it auto-fills the poop.. rarely gets it wrong too. If I add a picture of my own to that contact, it often "finds it's way" to that contact's folder..
And that's just the end user stuff.. who knows what they do behind closed doors

posted by Turtle (2016-04-18 22:47:34)
jimmynog1 avatar6 - that isn't biometric software, it's simply software that recognizes what a face is, and the same thing is built into most cameras now. a camera can count the faces, see if anyone is blinking, if everyone is smiling.. but it isn't identifying individuals by name. neither is FB.

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