The NSA collecting millions of faces from the web

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  1. MacNut macrumors Core

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    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/01/u...0140601&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=36674764&_r=0

    So much for just that phone call to grandma.
     
  2. jnpy!$4g3cwk macrumors 65816

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    A purely technical question: I wonder what it is that the NSA knows that Apple doesn't about facial recognition? I like to use faces sometimes in iPhoto, but, the recognition is pretty poor, and often makes ridiculous suggestions, mixing up people that you never would have imagined would be a match. Not to mention seeing faces in bushes and trees and such.

    The keynote address yesterday mentioned a new cross-platform photos system. I wonder if improved facial recognition will be part of it?
     
  3. MacNut thread starter macrumors Core

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    I imagine the NSA uses the same software casinos use. It logs every face it sees I assume using data points. Most Likely what Apple uses is a guessing type of software.
     
  4. edk99 macrumors 6502a

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    Just remember that anything that is accessible or transmitted over the internet or through the phone system is being collected by NSA. NSA combing the internet for images shouldn't be anything to get you panties in a bunch.
     
  5. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    I don't remember if it was the article in the OP or another one I read, but the NSA presentation that was leaked acknowledged that it didn't always work, so I'd guess it is slightly better technology, but most of the improvement would be that they have pictures from ID cards and visa applications in their database which will be clearer than a lot of the pictures in iPhoto.
     

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