Creepy Face-Recognition App FindFace Gains Popularity

FindFace allows users to find out the identities of people in a photo

A new Russian face-recognition app, called FindFace, has amassed half a million users in its first two months. Users can take a picture of a crowd, and then the app will identify people in the image by linking to profile pictures on social networking site, VK. The designers say that people in the street, advertisers or the police could find your social network profile with just one image. It could also revolutionise online dating, where the designers stated that “if yousee someone you like, you can photograph them and find their identity”, or users could even use a photo of a “movie star or an ex, and then find 10 girls who look similar”. Whilst the app has been criticised, the designers say that “a person should understand that in the modern world he is under the spotlight of technology. You just have to live with that.” 

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