Rumors of rampant spying Huawei continues. But even Microsoft can get under fire.
If smartphones Huawei used a low demand in the US, Microsoft is one of the largest companies in the production of software not only in America but throughout the world. It became known yesterday that the company quietly removed a database with 100 faces?000 people. According to preliminary data, the archive contained over 10 million images of people who in most cases did not give its consent for the storage of such information.
It is known that Microsoft used images for the purpose of training the face recognition system, moving around the world. Previously, the Internet giant claimed that the database contained a photo of “celebrities”, retrieved from the Internet. However, “muddy” Microsoft game ended after the British newspaper Financial Times published the results of its investigation, in which was found the image of individuals.
Trying to justify Microsoft named their database the world’s largest publicly available dataset for face recognition. the company Also said that all the photos had been gathered from the Internet under the protection of a license that allows re-use of images for non-commercial purposes. Representatives of Microsoft said: “the Site was designed for academic purposes. It was directed by a staff member who is working in the company since the conflict.”
The history of exposing the company began in 2016, when researcher Adam Harvey, discovered the monitor and use hundreds of data sets of persons. According to Harvey, Microsoft used the term “celebrity”, as a symbol of working in the Internet person and having a digital identity. The company realized it in time, because he was on the verge of human rights violations.