One more thing to be paranoid about. Widely available information coupled with facial recognition software apparently means that anyone from a stalker to the government to Mark Zuckerberg could read your face like a book. From Fast Company:
This week at the Black Hat security conference researchers from Carnegie Mellon University will demonstrate how facial recognition technology can be used to positively identify a person and possibly even to gain access to their personal information, right down to their social security numbers. It's just one example of how face ID tech could be about to change many things about your daily life.
And now Heathrow Airport is planning to use facial recognititon to screen travelers coming through its internatioal terminals.
To protect your privacy, you may want to adopt the beyond trendy anti-facial recognition makeup and hairstyles developed by facial recognition researcher Adam Harvey and explored in this layout called How to Hide From Machines in Dis magazine.
Here's how it works:
CV Dazzle is a response. It is a form of expressive interference that combines highly stylized makeup and hair styling with face-detection thwarting designs. CV, or computer vision, Dazzle is an updated version of the original dazzle camouflage from WWI, which was used to protect warships from submarine attacks. Like the original dazzle war paint, CV Dazzle is an unobvious style of camouflage because its eye-catching patterns and colors draw attention instead of hiding from it. As decoration, CV Dazzle can be boldly applied as hair styling or makeup, or together in combination with accessories. As camouflage, this facial markup works to protect against automated face detection and recognition systems by altering the contrast and spatial relationship of key facial features. The variations are limitless.
Although the CV Dazzle hair and makeup might confound the facial recognition software, it is rather likely to slow your way through customs (not to mention confound your business associates.) But that's always the tradeoff, isn't it? We are willing to give up information for a schmear of convenience, which makes it just that much easier to slide through daily life. An I-pass smooths the way through tolls. A credit card on file makes for easier online purchases. An RFID tag in your drivers license makes for quicker border crossings. And none of it really matters much. Until it does.