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As a woman in my late forties, I must confess that some modern technology that was designed and used to “make our lives easier” and to promote more “connectivity” I shy away from and refuse to use. So as you can imaging, I found this article scary and somewhat worrying but we mustn’t bury our heads in the sand, we must continue to question every “breakthrough”, to make a fuss and hold companies to account… Just because something CAN be done, doesn’t mean it SHOULD.
In 2016, Russian photography student Egor Tsvetkov conducted a social experiment — “Your Face Is Big Data” — so as to prove that privacy no longer exists: he photographed complete strangers on the St. Petersburg metro and attempted to track them down on Russian social media site VKontakte using a facial recognition app, FindFace.
Through the use of FindFace, which is able to trawl through the personal profile pages of tens of millions of users of Russian Facebook rival VKontakte, Tsvetkov found the pages of around 70% of the people whom he snapped. He was able to discover all kinds of personal details about their lives, e.g. relationship status, occupation, hobbies, eating habits, etc.