Personal Privacy

IBM Used People’s Flickr Photos Without Their Consent for Facial Recognition Training

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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, all without receiving consent from the owners’ of the photos.

While the photographers may have gotten permission to take pictures of these people, the people who were photographed didn’t know their images had been annotated with facial recognition notes and could be used to train algorithms.

The photos weren’t originally compiled by IBM, by the way as part of a larger collection of 99.2 million photos, known as the YFCC100M, which former Flickr owner Yahoo originally put together to conduct research.

Curated from The Verge

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