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Amazon, Google, Microsoft sued over photos in facial recognition database

Amazon, Google parent Alphabet and Microsoft used people’s photos to train their facial recognition technologies without obtaining the subjects’ permission, in violation of an Illinois biometric privacy statute, a trio of federal lawsuits filed Tuesday allege.

The photos in question were part of IBM’s Diversity in Faces database, which is designed to advance the study of fairness and accuracy in facial recognition by looking at more than just skin tone, age and gender. The data includes 1 million images of human faces, annotated with tags such as face symmetry, nose length and forehead height.

Source: Amazon, Google, Microsoft sued over photos in facial recognition database – CNET

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