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The Uses And Perils Of Facial Recognition

The Uses And Perils Of Facial Recognition

Software that can recognize people in photos on the Internet has received mixed reviews from experts and organizations.

Naresh Kumar
  • 25 august 2010

Face.com is developing a new kind of facial recognition software that can identify people from their photos posted online. The software scans a photo to create an algorithm of the face and then searches for faces on the Internet which resembles the scanned input. The company currently offers a Facebook app to help users find untagged photos of themselves and their friends. While the technology has received support from some quarters including the Red Cross, who believes it would be useful to track people lost in disasters, critics have raised concerns over the accuracy of the software and its affect on privacy on the Internet.

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