…abelled Faces in the Wild dataset, a facial recognition dataset meant for research and specifically not built to be an accuracy test for facial recognition products, a co-creator of the dataset recently told OneZero.
But NEC, a Japanese tech vendor from which DataWorks Plus sources facial recognition algorithms, says its technology does partially rely on neural networks — the method Silicon Valley companies have used for everything from recognizing people on Facebook …
…nd search Detroit and MSP databases from a single application,” the report read, emphasis included. That means in one piece of software, an analyst running facial recognition searches can search not only their own database, but the databases of other agencies as well.
…s Plus’ Interconnect network puts the company in a powerful position in the nation’s largest state. If police or sheriff’s departments invest in DataWorks Plus’ facial recognition system over a competitor’s, they could opt into having access to data from other cities around the state as well. Each contract is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars: When San Bernardino first bought DataWorks…
…f’s Department from Todd Pastorini, executive vice president and general manager of DataWorks Plus. Though the public records request returned emails suggesting these three cities would be added to the sharing network, DataWorks Plus now tells OneZero that they’re not connected, meaning other cities cannot access their images, and vice versa.
…ainst mug shots in each other’s databases. That means these police departments have access to about 11.7 million mug shots of people who have previously been arrested, a majority of which come from the Los Angeles system.
FaceApp and Facebook are clearly two very different beasts. One is an opaque tech company operating under unclear privacy regulations and with little oversight on how it uses its technology, and the other one is FaceApp.