Photos from OK Cupid being used for facial recognition projects

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Users of American Online dating app ‘OK Cupid’ should hereon notify a fact that their photos secretly scraped from their profiles could be used by companies in facial recognition projects.

The data concern doesn’t end over here as images from various social media platforms, security cameras and dating sites are being used by companies to train their AI platforms inducted for facial recognition projects.


In 2014, a security camera from a coffee shop located in San Francisco served this purpose by supplying over 10,000 images collected without the knowledge of those captured in the cameras.

What’s more concerning is the fact that the same database was made available to other research firms including the National University of Defense Technology from China.

New York Times(NYT) was the first to report this instance where Stanford researchers were seen using the said images for a facial recognition project named ‘Brainwash’ which in-turn depended on the AI technology of a company called Clarifai which was used to detect Age, sex and race of the tracked down faces.

Whether OkCupid has given the consent to the researchers to use the images from its database is yet to be probed.

All these days we have seen media resources from west screeching over Chinese surveillance where the nation was seen monitoring its 11 million Muslim origin populace named Uighurs via security cameras.

Now with the latest revelation from NYT, it’s proved that America has also started to monitor the whereabouts its populace.