Personal Photos on the internet : a search engine is controversial - The Point

PimEyes, launched in 2017, is a tool Polish, free of charge, aiming to compile all the photos of one and the same person uploaded on the internet. This platform

Personal Photos on the internet : a search engine is controversial - The Point

PimEyes, launched in 2017, is a tool Polish, free of charge, aiming to compile all the photos of one and the same person uploaded on the internet. This platform was launched at the base to prevent the publication of non-voluntary of photos of internet users, could become the new playground for bullies, relays BFMTV, relying on an article from BBC News.

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The principle of the application is simple : upload or take a real-time photo to find out all the other clichés associated with this face posted on the Web. A innovative concept, allowing to discover if certain people have posted a picture in which some 6 000 registered users appear without wanting to be. The option pay - subscribed by 350 users - allows you to receive an alert when the face searched will appear on a new picture published on the internet, namely, on Tumblr, on a blog or on a website.

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The pictures uploaded on social networks could not be scanned, according to the company. An assertion undermined by the BBC, which reports that some of its journalists have found about this tool pictures of themselves available on their accounts in Facebook or Twitter. "If you have found pictures that have been posted only on Facebook, it means that someone else has posted elsewhere ", has defended the company.

"Each tool could be used in a roundabout way"

The tool could also give rise to excesses such as the laments of the british association Big Brother Watch, which points the finger at a risk, particularly for " the children ", but not only. PimEyes could, according to her, " allow the surveillance State, the surveillance business, and even harassment on a scale previously unimaginable ". "Our privacy policy prevents people from using our tool in this case. Each tool could be used in a roundabout way ", justified the company behind this search engine very controversial, in a context where Amazon has waived to permit the use of its facial recognition software Rekognition to the police.

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Updated Date: 15 June 2020, 15:33

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