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Glasses That Confuse Facial Recognition Systems Are Coming to Japan

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The dystopian future of ubiquitous government surveillance of everyone (the premise of the series “Person of Interest,” viewable via Amazon streaming) is just around the corner, and of course countermeasures are being developed. Emiko Jozuka reports in Motherboard:

We might soon be living in a world where advertisers exploit facial recognition technology to target us with customized ads in streets. Or, according to the researchers at Japan’s National Institute of Informatics (NII), where our photographs are snapped by surveillance or smartphone cameras equipped with facial recognition, and leaked onto public social networks for all to see.

But a new “privacy visor” created by NII researchers could help wearers protect their anonymity by blocking out any pesky facial recognition systems. The glasses will hit shelves in Japan in 2016, and are expected to cost around ¥30,000 ($240).

The tech behind the visor is pretty simple. It’s nothing like the previous version made by the same researchers, which consisted of 11 near-infrared flashing LEDs that blinded surveillance tech. . .

Continue reading.

Of course, popularity of the countermeasure will be important: if you’re the only person wearing them, you’ve pretty much identified yourself as a person of interest. But if 50% of more of those under observation are wearing them, then it would work: if everyone’s of interest, then no one’s of interest. (Apologies to W.S. Gilbert: in The Gondoliers, “When everyone is somebody, then no one’s anybody.”)

Written by Leisureguy

7 August 2015 at 11:00 am

Posted in Government, Technology

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