The Financial Times reports Microsoft has removed from the internet its MS Celeb, which was the largest public facial-recognition database in the world with 10 million images of 100,000 people. The photos within the database were used without the consent of subjects after being picked up online from search engines and videos under the terms of the Creative Commons license that allows photos to be recycled for academic purposes. "The site was intended for academic purposes. It was run by an employee that is no longer with Microsoft and has since been removed," Microsoft said. Additionally, similar databases at Stanford and Duke universities were also pulled offline. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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