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The Guardian: Face recognition app taking Russia by storm may bring end to public anonymity
16:57, 17 May 2016
The Guardian: Face recognition app taking Russia by storm may bring end to public anonymity

FindFace compares photos to profile pictures on social network Vkontakte and works out identities with 70% reliability.

16:57, 17 May 2016

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If the founders of a new face recognition app get their way, anonymity in public could soon be a thing of the past, the Guardian reports

FindFace, launched two months ago and currently taking Russia by storm, allows users to photograph people in a crowd and work out their identities, with 70% reliability.

It works by comparing photographs to profile pictures on Vkontakte, a social network popular in Russia and the former Soviet Union, with more than 200 million accounts. In future, the designers imagine a world where people walking past you on the street could find your social network profile by sneaking a photograph of you, and shops, advertisers and the police could pick your face out of crowds and track you down via social networks.

Read the full report here

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