• Chethan Machaknur

Amazon, Google, Microsoft sued over photos in facial recognition database

Alphabet Inc's Google, along with Amazon.com Inc, Microsoft Corp and FaceFirst Inc are facing new federal lawsuits in California and Washington alleging they unlawfully collected biometric data to improve facial recognition technology.

The photos in question were part of IBM's Diversity in Faces database, which is designed to advance the study of fairness and accuracy in facial recognition by looking at more than just skin tone, age and gender. The data includes 1 million images of human faces, annotated with tags such as face symmetry, nose length and forehead height.

Two Illinois residents who brought the lawsuits, Steven Vance and Tim Janecyk, say their images were included in that data set without their permission.

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