Face recognition dating
It lets us know that a nose is a nose or an eye is an eye.
But object recognition isn’t the same as facial recognition.
may share users’ personal information “to comply with any valid legal process, governmental request, or applicable law, rule, or regulation” (and transparency reports show that the company has indeed complied with such requests in the past), they can’t grant the FBI (or any other agency) access to a “facial recognition database” that doesn’t exist. An updated variant that cropped up in early 2017 brought two new claims to the mix: one, that the FBI literally Snapchat’s image filtering software (and alleged facial recognition database); and two, that there is a smoking gun to prove it — namely U. patent #9396354: The patent does exist (it was granted to Snapchat in July 2016), and it does describe an innovative use of facial recognition technology, but with respect to whether or not Snapchat’s image and video filters are a covert means of building a facial recognition database, it’s a red herring.
According to an analysis by Sophos’ Naked Security blogger Alison Booth, the patent proposes using facial recognition software to identify individual subjects in photos, whereupon the latter would be modified and/or their distribution restricted in accordance with the subjects’ pre-established privacy settings. Implementation of the process would, of course, require amassing a facial recognition database.
If it’s true that Lenses can’t recognize (i.e., identify) specific faces, then the claim that the app produces anything qualifying as a “biometric identifier” under Illinois law is seriously in doubt.We’ve found examples of such rumors dating back to Fall 2015 (soon after the Lenses feature was officially rolled out): It wasn’t until April of the following year that the rumors reached takeoff speed, however, thanks largely to a tweet composed by hip hop artist, songwriter, and unabashed flat-earth theorist B.o.B to his roughly two million followers: In May 2016, with civil cases already pending against Facebook and Google alleging unauthorized use of facial recognition technology, a class action lawsuit was filed by two Snapchat users in Illinois complaining that the app violated their rights under the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) by failing to obtain adequate permission before gathering and storing their “biometric identifiers and biometric information”.The tech industry has yet to address these concerns to the satisfaction of consumer privacy watchdogs, however, nor has Congress made progress toward establishing the federal standards Franken called for.Thus far, issue has been dealt with primarily in the court system via cases such as the aforementioned BIPA class action lawsuits against Facebook and Google.