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Saturday, 18 July 2020 09:16

This Creepy Face Search Engine Scours the Web for Photos of Anyone

Author:  [Source: This article was published in petapixel.com By MICHAEL ZHANG]

PimEyes is a Polish search engine that’s raising some eyebrows over its privacy implications. Powered by facial recognition technology, the service takes any portrait of a person and finds other photos of that person on the Web.

ClearView AI is a service that has been stirring up controversy by scraping social media photos and making them searchable through facial recognition by law enforcement. PimEyes is similar, except it’s a free service available to the public even without signing up.

Google’s popular reserve image search can find photos similar in appearance to images you provide, but PimEyes specifically uses facial recognition and can accept multiple reference photos to find images of specific individuals.

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What’s even creepier is the fact that you can pay for a premium account — $10 for one alert or $15/month for up to 25 — on the service and get alerts every time a similar face is found.

“PimEyes markets its service as a tool to protect privacy and the misuse of images,” writes OneZero. “But there’s no guarantee that someone will upload their own face, making it equally powerful for anyone trying to stalk someone else.”

 

[Source: This article was published in petapixel.com By MICHAEL ZHANG - Uploaded by the Association Member: Jason bourne]

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