r/technology – Legality of collecting faces online challenged


“Clearview seems to misunderstand the internet as a homogeneous and fully public forum where everything is up for grabs,” said Lucie Audibert, a legal officer at PI. “This is plainly wrong. Such practices threaten the open character of the internet and the numerous rights and freedoms it enables.”

Prof Alan Woodward, a computer scientist at Surrey University, said the case will open a complicated legal debate “about who owns images placed online and how possible it is to enforce any rights if the images are taken across a national boundary”.

where is the LAW that says I am not allowed to scan a face I see on the internet.

you walk by a security camera in a public area….

I’m able to find your university profile page, which has a headshot.

what law was broken?..

what needs to be changed.. ?

no headshots for college faculty on university website?

no live stream?

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/04/16/opinion/facial-recognition-new-york-city.html

On the east side of Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan,
three cameras on the roof of a restaurant film the lunch
crowds, tourists and commuters — everything that goes
on each day. The feeds are streamed publicly online.

To demonstrate how easy it is to track people without their knowledge, we collected public images of people who worked near Bryant Park (available on their employers’ websites, for the most part) and ran one day of footage through Amazon’s commercial facial recognition service. Our system detected 2,750 faces from a nine-hour period (not necessarily unique people, since a person could be captured in multiple frames). It returned several possible identifications, including one frame matched to a head shot of Richard Madonna, a professor at the SUNY College of Optometry, with an 89 percent similarity score. The total cost: about $60.


“Clearview seems to misunderstand the internet as a homogeneous and fully public forum where everything is up for grabs,” said Lucie Audibert, a legal officer at PI. “This is plainly wrong. Such practices threaten the open character of the internet and the numerous rights and freedoms it enables.”

Prof Alan Woodward, a computer scientist at Surrey University, said the case will open a complicated legal debate “about who owns images placed online and how possible it is to enforce any rights if the images are taken across a national boundary”.

where is the LAW that says I am not allowed to scan a face I see on the internet.

you walk by a security camera in a public area….

I’m able to find your university profile page, which has a headshot.

what law was broken?..

what needs to be changed.. ?

no headshots for college faculty on university website?

no live stream?

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/04/16/opinion/facial-recognition-new-york-city.html

On the east side of Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan,
three cameras on the roof of a restaurant film the lunch
crowds, tourists and commuters — everything that goes
on each day. The feeds are streamed publicly online.

To demonstrate how easy it is to track people without their knowledge, we collected public images of people who worked near Bryant Park (available on their employers’ websites, for the most part) and ran one day of footage through Amazon’s commercial facial recognition service. Our system detected 2,750 faces from a nine-hour period (not necessarily unique people, since a person could be captured in multiple frames). It returned several possible identifications, including one frame matched to a head shot of Richard Madonna, a professor at the SUNY College of Optometry, with an 89 percent similarity score. The total cost: about $60.

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