Recently the well known corporation, announced new research that allows for people to be recognized automatically in photos and videos even if they are obscured or turned away from the camera.
This software allows people to be recognized even by partial features like hair style, body shape and measurements and clothing.
The research was initially published in January 2015 on arXiv.org, but it has been presented at a Boston conference this month.
The algorithm is composed of data coordination of different identification methods, and mashes the data together, taking what it can from each criteria in order to give a result as accurate as possible.
Facebook has been working on this software in its Intelligence Lab, and it has tested it on 40.000 subjects from public photos on Flickr.
The algorithm was about 83 percent accurate in detecting people’s identities. While some of the people were recognizable and clearly visible .some were even turned away from the camera in the pictures from the test.
The pictures were run through the neural network and results were very accurate. The Facebook software was much more accurate than any other identification software’s that are available now.
The new software might of been a little more popular if it was the child of state authorities or private security firms.
As it is Facebook has many problems in Europe where state regulators are banning trying to ban the use of such programs.
The main concern in Europe is user privacy and human rights, including the right to have a private life.
Under most of the worlds governments every citizen has the right to privacy in their personal and family life, homes and correspondence.
By automatically tagging people at events or in friends pictures without their express consent for every situation, Facebook is being criticized in Europe and regulators are asking the company to change privacy notices and settings, with the addition of disabling the automatic process of such applications.
The new identification algorithm might be used to power the new “Facebook Moments” application recently released by the company.
The “Moments” app has not been released in Europe due to a voluntary decision from Facebook, in order to avoid further law-suits and criticism about privacy issues.
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