Mar 142017
 
 March 14, 2017  Online, Surveillance

Update: This (Facezam) all turned out to be a hoax by a marketing firm. The fact that some of us found it believable is a topic for another discussion at another time.

Original post:

Cara McGoogan reports:

A facial recognition app that can identify strangers from a photograph has been created by a British entrepreneur.

Facezam can identify people by matching a photo of them with their Facebook profile. All users have to do is take a picture of someone on the street and run it through the app, which will tell them who it thinks the person in the photo is.

“Facezam could be the end of our anonymous societies,” said Jack Kenyon, founder of Facezam. “Users will be able to identify anyone within a matter of seconds, which means privacy will no longer exist in public society.”

Read more on The Telegraph.

h/t, Joe Cadillic

  4 Responses to “This creepy facial recognition app lets users find strangers on Facebook by taking their picture”

  1. FYI – The link is to a page that says Facezam is a hoax.

    • Yeah, I just found out this morning and came back to see if I needed to post an update. Thanks.

  2. This morning (16 March) I checked the Telegraph page you link to and notice that the story is different from the quote you give above. It now reports Facezam as a hoax: ‘A fake facial recognition app that claimed to be able to identify strangers from a photograph has turned out to be a publicity stunt….’. I don’t know whether (1) link is to a later story, (2) the Telegraph corrected the story (but there’s no acknowledgment of this on the page); or the quote above is wrong.

    • They did a silent edit. My quote was from their original story, which is why I left it and just added the update that it was all a hoax.

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