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Application uses its user photos to build a face recognition tool


When we use a service or an application, the first one we are asked to do is accept certain privacy policies and service terms. However, most of us do not even bother to read these policies and we just accept them.

This practice is wrong as sometimes these terms may not be so favorable to us.

Recently, Ever, a photo storage application, has been criticized since it has revealed that it uses billions of photos uploaded by its users to educate the face recognition system it manufactures.

Face recognition is a common practice that photo storage applications use to categorize photos.

However, using photos to create a face recognition tool, which is then sold to private companies, law enforcement and the army, is highly questionable.

According to NBC News, Ever is working on a new business called Ever AI, without revealing it to millions of users.

CEO Doug Aley told NBC News that Ever AI does not share photos or identification information about users. He stated that the billions of images are simply used to guide an algorithm on how to identify faces. Whenever a user allows face recognition of the application to group images of the same people, face recognition technology is trained. This technology is then used in the company's corporate face recognition products.

However, many are questioning this technique as they argue that using personal photos of people is not that safer in terms of personal data protection.

Ever AI also reported in a press release that it has an "ever-growing private world record of 13 billion photos and videos", but the company did not get explicit permission from its members to use these photos.

New York University professor Jason Schultz says that Ever AI should do more to inform its users about how to use their photos instead of simply embedding it into a privacy policy of the 2.500 words that more users will not read.

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