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Daily Dashboard | Photo storage app used images to train facial-recognition tech without users' knowledge Related reading: Notes from the IAPP Canada Managing Director, May 22, 2020


NBC News reports the photo storage app Ever used pictures shared to the service to train its facial-recognition system without informing its users. Ever has sold its facial-recognition technology to private companies, law enforcement and the military. “This looks like an egregious violation of people’s privacy,” American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California Technology and Civil Liberties Attorney Jacob Snow said. “They are taking images of people’s families, photos from a private photo app, and using it to build surveillance technology. That’s hugely concerning.” Ever CEO Doug Aley said the company does not share photos or any other identifying user information, but rather uses the images to teach an algorithm to better identify faces.
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