The Amazon, Google Alphabet and Microsoft, to train face recognition technologies they used photos of people without her permission their!
The three companies did not receive the approval of the people, as a result of which three federal lawsuits were filed on Tuesday, due to a violation of biometric confidentiality of Illinois.
These photos were part of it database Diversity in Faces of IBM, designed to advance the study of the straightforwardness and accuracy of face recognition, looking beyond just skin tone, age and gender. The data include 1 million images human faces, annotated with labels such as face symmetry, nose length and forehead height.
The two Americans filed lawsuits against Amazon, Google and Microsoft, Steven Vance and Tim Janecyk, they say that the photos were included in the database without their permission. The collection, storage and use of biometric information is illegal without the written consent of the person involved, under a law passed in 2008.
The accused "chose to use and benefit from biometric identification and information scanned from photos uploaded to the site. These photos are managed by accounts users, computers and mobiles located or created in the area", The lawsuits state.
"In doing so, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft risked protecting the privacy of Illinois, knowing that this choice would hurt them.. "
Face recognition has provoked reactions from privacy advocates and lawmakers, and some cities have banned the public use of this technology. Last year, Democratic lawmakers proposed banning public housing from using technology such as face recognition. However, face recognition systems are slowly spreading to airports and shopping malls, while some companies sell them to police stations.
Reports want studies to show that this technology has low accuracy rates for women and minorities. When it works properly, it has the potential to turn into an inevitable and invasive form monitoring. Companies such as Clearview AI, which features technology that allows users to identify people by comparing their faces to photos taken by Internet, has expressed concerns about the power of technology.
IBM collected the images from the photo website Flickr and was heavily criticized earlier this year by photographers, experts and activists for failing to inform people that their images were being used to improve face recognition technology. In response, IBM said it takes privacy seriously and users can be excluded from the database.
IBM has been a strong supporter of face recognition regulation, but in June the company announced its withdrawal from the face recognition market, saying it was concerned that the technology was being used to promote discrimination and discrimination. tribal injustice.
The lawsuits, filed in the courts of California and Washington, where Amazon, Google and Microsoft are based, are seeking status group as well as financial allowances and restrictions on the activities of the defendants related to the database.