A Photo Storage App Used Customers’ Private Snaps To Train Facial Recognition AI; #privacy

New York (The Verge) — The Ever photo app turned users’ private snaps into AI facial recognition fodder theverge.com/2019/5/10/1856….

Facial recognition AI has to be trained using million of photos, but where do companies get those images from? Photo storage app Ever had the bright idea of using its customers private snaps to train the AI, without properly informing them.

As detailed in a report from NBC News, the startup Ever launched as a simple cloud storage business in 2013, but pivoted to become a facial recognition technology vendor in 2017 after realizing that a photo app “wasn’t going to be a venture-scale business.”

Customers, though, were not informed of this change — or how their photographs and videos are now being used. James Vincent/@verge

Source: verge, full story

 

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