US officials train facial recognition tech with photos of dead people and immigrants, report claims

This week, NBC reported that facial recognition researchers at companies like IBM often feed algorithms photos from publicly available collections, often on Flickr, without requesting permission from the people who are photographed. The incident raised the question of whether or not such training could be considered fair use under Creative Commons licenses. It looks like the answer is yes. Copyright policies won’t protect people who just want companies like IBM to leave their photos alone. “Copyright is not a good tool to protect individual privacy,” Creative Commons writes in a blog post. According to the NBC report from earlier this week, IBM took nearly a million photos from Flickr to train facial recognition programs. Many Flickr... Continue reading…

US officials train facial recognition tech with photos of dead people and immigrants, report claims

A unit of the U.S. Department of Commerce has been using photos of immigrants, abused children and dead people to train their facial recognition systems, a new report has detailed.

Mon 18 Mar 19 from Daily Mail

Creative Commons says it can’t protect your photos from ending up in a facial recognition database

This week, NBC reported that facial recognition researchers at companies like IBM often feed algorithms photos from publicly available collections, often on Flickr, without requesting ...

Thu 14 Mar 19 from The Verge

IBM used Flickr photos for facial-recognition project

Some people are said to be unaware that their data had been used for a facial-recognition project.

Wed 13 Mar 19 from BBC Technology

IBM stirs controversy by sharing photos for AI facial recognition - CNET

But the the million photos were shared under liberal licenses that Flickr photographers choose.

Tue 12 Mar 19 from CNET

IBM didn’t inform people when it used their Flickr photos for facial recognition training

IBM took nearly a million photos from Flickr, used them to figure out how to train facial recognition training programs, and shared them with outside researchers. But as NBC points ...

Tue 12 Mar 19 from The Verge

Privacy fears as MILLIONS of photos used to train facial recognition AI without users' consent

Many facial recognition systems are being trained using millions of online photos uploaded by everyday people and, more often than not, the photos are being taken without users' consent.

Tue 12 Mar 19 from Daily Mail

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