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Google Contractors Targeted Homeless People for Facial Recognition Project

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A Google contractor may have used questionable methods to collect facial scans, including targeting groups of homeless people and tricking college students who didn’t know they were being recorded.

A contracting agency named Randstad sent teams to Atlanta, targeting homeless people and those with dark skin, often without saying they were working for Google, and without letting on that they were actually recording people’s faces.

Google wasn’t necessarily aware that Randstad was going after homeless people, but a Google manager reportedly did instruct the group to target people with darker skin.

It’s important to note there are legitimate reasons Google would want to make sure it’s testing its new face unlock feature broadly with people of color — it shouldn’t be biased against them because of a lack of data.

Curated from The Verge

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