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PORN STARS AND SEX WORKERS TARGETED
WITH FACIAL RECOGNITION APP
BY ANTHONY CUTHBERTSON ON 4/29/16 AT
A campaign in Russia is targeting sex
workers by using a facial recognition tool for the purpose of
“outing” them to their families and social media contacts. File
facial recognition tool is being used to reveal the true identities
of porn actresses and sex workers for the purpose of “outing”
them to their families and social media contacts.
FindFace app, which launched in February this year, works by
analyzing an image of a person and matching it to their account on
the Russian social network VKontakte.
the Russian website Dvach are now using the technology to deanonymize
porn actresses and spam their friends and families with news of their
discovery. The campaign is also targeting women registered to the
Russian website “Intimcity,” which advertises prostitution and
Newsweek for only $1.25 per week
examples seen by Global
Voices revealed that the participants of the campaign are
motivated by moral outrage towards an industry they view as “corrupt
Dvach user informs one woman's acquaintance on Vkontakte about her
nude photoshoot.GLOBAL VOICES
the privacy concerns with FindFace, Russian security firm Kaspersky
notes that there is nothing illegal in the way the app operates.
doesn’t cache data to show any information, hidden by the social
media settings,” Kaspersky said in a recent blogpost.
The security firm also noted that it is “very possible” that a
new service could appear in the future that draws on data from other
social networks, such as Facebook or Instagram.
founder Maxim Perlin told the Russian site TJournal that
complaints had been made by several victims of the campaign but said
there was no way to prevent the facial recognition service from being
used in this way.
make every effort to protect all network users from potential
malicious actions and are ready, if necessary, to provide any
information needed to find the users responsible for this