REVEALED: WAYS FACIAL IDENTIFICATION CAN EXPOSE YOU TO STRANGERS

REVEALED: WAYS FACIAL IDENTIFICATION CAN EXPOSE YOU TO STRANGERS

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– REVEALED: WAYS FACIAL IDENTIFICATION CAN EXPOSE YOU TO STRANGERS

– Tsevtkov said, “I learnt a lot about a person’s life without any contact.” 

– Facial identification can also be exploited for commercial value.

– Update your privacy settings on Facebook to protect your private information.

REVEALED: WAYS FACIAL IDENTIFICATION CAN EXPOSE YOU TO STRANGERS
Egor Tsevtkov

REVEALED: WAYS FACIAL IDENTIFICATION CAN EXPOSE YOU TO STRANGERS

REVEALED: WAYS FACIAL IDENTIFICATION CAN EXPOSE YOU TO STRANGERS

A photographer has disclosed the amount of information strangers can get about you with just a picture of your face.

Egor Tsevtkov, a Russian photographer in a bid to know the amount of personal data he could get about total strangers on underground photographed a set of strangers and used a free facial identification software with shocking results.

The software he used is a website called Find Face. This lets users look up people online using a photo, and perfectly matches them up with a Facebook profile, based on their faces. He made this known in a statement.

“I learnt a lot about a person’s life without any contact,” said Tsevtkov. “I felt slightly uncomfortable.”

 He found this out:

Tsevtkov, who called the resulting project called “Your face is Big Data” said, “I photographed people who were sitting in front of me in the subway, and then looked for them in social networks using open source software.

Tsvetkov uploaded the images taken underground and waited as the site scoured Russian Facebook rival VKontakte, which has at least 55 million users, for matches.

With Find Face, Tsevtkov found the profile pages of at least 24 people. With their profiles he was able to understand personal details about their lives, including their hobbies, professions, relationship status and eating habits.

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“I was feeling creepy, because when you learn a lot about somebody’s private information like family, or work, or pets you see them in another way,” he stated.

Dangers of facial identification:

Facial Identification
Social media users

The facial identification technology used to track down Tsevtkov’s subjects is common and increasingly perfect. Facebook has used it to auto-tag photos and Google to identify who is in a picture.

Facial identification can have security benefits, for example in law enforcement databases. But it can also exploited for commercial value: Tesco installed the technology in cameras across 500 stores so that it can map the demographic patterns of its customers, such as their age and gender.

“This experiment highlights the disconnection between individuals believing they are sharing personal information and pictures only with friends, family, and colleagues, when in reality such information is virtually public,” said Christopher Weatherhead, a technologist for Privacy International. “It is critical that we should retain control of the information we put online.”

It was gathered that the chief executive and co-founder of anonymous messaging app Wickr, Nico Sell wears sunglasses whenever she leaves the house in order to protect her eyes and herself from identity theft.

There is not a lot you can do to prevent someone from taking a picture of you and looking you up online especially if you are short of hiding your face whenever you are out in public, which isn’t as easy in dreary Britain.

But you can restrict how much of your personal information is available publicly online.

Updating your privacy settings on Facebook is a way to prevent strangers from being able to find out similar private information about you.

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You can also restrict who can view your Instagram pictures and Twitter posts by making sure that only people you know can see your most personal online details.

REVEALED: WAYS FACIAL IDENTIFICATION CAN EXPOSE YOU TO STRANGERS