FBI uses questionable facial recognition software to comb vast photo database

FBI did not properly disclose privacy impact of storing 411m photos and has no information on how often software returns false positives, a new study finds

The FBI maintains a massive database of more than 411m photos culled from sources including driver’s licenses, passport applications and visa applications, which it cross-references with photos of criminal suspects using largely untested and questionably accurate facial recognition software.

A study from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released Wednesday for the first time revealed the extent of the program, which had been queried several years before through a Freedom of Information Act request from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). The GAO found that the FBI did not appropriately disclose the database’s impact on public privacy until it audited the bureau in May.

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Pornhub launches explicit content for the visually impaired

The adult video-sharing site now has a ‘described video’ category, in which professional voice actors explain what’s happening in the scene

For the around 285 million people worldwide who are visually impaired, pornography can seem like an acoustic blur of heavy breathing, squelches, slaps and Maria Sharapova-esque grunts.

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