This Creepy Face Search Engine Scours the Web for Photos of Anyone

PimEyes is a Polish search engine that’s raising some eyebrows over its privacy implications. Powered by facial recognition technology, the service takes any portrait of a person and finds other photos of that person on the Web. After you provide one or more photos of a person (in which their face is clearly visible), PimEyes […]

This Creepy Face Search Engine Scours the Web for Photos of Anyone

PimEyes is a Polish search engine that’s raising some eyebrows over its privacy implications. Powered by facial recognition technology, the service takes any portrait of a person and finds other photos of that person on the Web.

After you provide one or more photos of a person (in which their face is clearly visible), PimEyes compares that person to faces found on millions of public websites — things like news articles, blogs, social media, and more. Within a few seconds, it provides results showing other photos found that match the person and links to where those portraits were found.

ClearView AI is a service that has been stirring up controversy by scraping social media photos and making them searchable through facial recognition by law enforcement. PimEyes is similar, except it’s a free service available to the public even without signing up.

Google’s popular reserve image search can find photos similar in appearance to images you provide, but PimEyes specifically uses facial recognition and can accept multiple reference photos to find images of specific individuals.

An example of search results featured on the PimEyes homepage.

What’s even creepier is the fact that you can pay for a premium account — $10 for one alert or $15/month for up to 25 — on the service and get alerts every time a similar face is found.

“PimEyes markets its service as a tool to protect privacy and the misuse of images,” . “But there’s no guarantee that someone will upload their own face, making it equally powerful for anyone trying to stalk someone else.”

(via OneZero via Boing Boing)

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Photographer ‘Sad’ his Photo Went Viral by Breaking Android Phones

Last week, landscape photographer Gaurav Agrawal watched one of his photos go viral for all the wrong reasons. Thanks to a Lightroom export mixup, an image he took at Glacier National Park began bricking Android phones around the world. In an interview with the BBC, Agrawal explained what happened, revealing that it was an honest […]

Photographer ‘Sad’ his Photo Went Viral by Breaking Android Phones

Last week, landscape photographer Gaurav Agrawal watched one of his photos go viral for all the wrong reasons. Thanks to a Lightroom export mixup, an image he took at Glacier National Park began bricking Android phones around the world.

In an interview with the BBC, Agrawal explained what happened, revealing that it was an honest and unintentional mistake, and sharing what it was like watching his photo break thousands of smartphones as he sat helplessly on the sidelines.

The photo itself—a beautiful sunset shot captured “one magical evening in August 2019″—was taken at St Mary Lake in Glacier National Park using a Nikon D850. On an evening when he’d almost given up because of bad weather, god rays of sunlight began breaking through, allowing the seasoned landscape photographer to capture what would, under any other circumstances, be considered a stunning shot.

The photo that broke Android…. | Photo by Gaurav Agrawal

Unfortunately, when it came time to export and share the photo after a few edits in Adobe Lightroom, he picked the ProPhoto RGB color space; that, it seems, was the root of the problem.

The color space attached to the photo is unreadable by a large number of Android phones, mostly those by Google and Samsung. When set as the wallpaper on the standard version of Android 10, sRGB is required, and the disparity sent these phones into an infinite re-boot loop. The issue is referred to as a “soft-brick,” because it was often only fixable by performing a factory reset and losing any data that wasn’t backed up.

This fact was discovered and shared widely on Twitter, causing the photo to go viral and inadvertently leading to thousands of phones being bricked as some Android users couldn’t resist the temptation to try using the photo themselves.

Agrawal tells the BBC that he’s sad about what happened. Since he’s an iPhone user (and always uses a photo of his wife as his phone background) he had no idea that choosing the wrong color space could cause such a kerfuffle.

“I didn’t do anything intentionally. I’m sad that people ended up having issues.” says Agrawal. “I hoped my photograph would have gone ‘viral’ for a good reason, but maybe that’s for another time… I’m going to use another format from now on.”

Hopefully that format is sRGB… but even if it’s not, there is good news on the other side of this debacle. Not only have many developers already submitted fixes to Google, but it seems the latest version of Android, which is now in public Beta, won’t have this problem… no matter what color space you prefer.

(via Gizmodo)

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