YOU ARE BEING TRACKED
Facial recognition technology is just about everywhere. Learn how to protect your privacy with MaskIR
Facial recogniton Technology
Facial recognition technology uses a database of photos, such as mugshots and driver's license photos, to identify people in security photos and videos. It uses bio-metrics to map facial features and help verify identity through key features of the face, then compares to the database.
Currently, there are no laws forbidding the tracking or storing of photos. Companies are not even required to disclose that the recording is taking place.
Facial recognition software has become increasingly popular in the past several years. It is used everywhere from airports, venues, shopping centers, and even by law enforcement. While there are a few potential benefits to using the technology to prevent and solve crimes, there are many concerns about the privacy, safety, and legislation regarding the use of the technology.
Do we simply have to accept this as inevitable, or are there things we can do to protect ourselves and others against improper use of this technology?
Protect yourself with MAskIR
MaskIR offers a solution. It is a simple infrared pass filter that you can clip to your phone. This filter allows you to conspicuously conceal yourself by using your phone flashlight and pointing at your face. The infrared light washes out your features so that an infrared camera can not recognize you. The best part is that you can print and build it yourself.
3d print and build
Step 1: Choose phone model to get the right dimensions for your 3D print file, or input the dimensions yourself.
Step 2: 3D print the file.
4 pieces of 8x10 mm
Step 3: Cut developed film
Step 4: Insert film layers
Step 5: You are basically done. Just clip MaskIR over your phone light. In places you would rather not be identified, turn on the flashlight and point it at your face. Infrared light is invisible to the unaided human eye, so you don't have to worry about walking around looking like you are about to tell a scary ghost story.
Facial recognition technology is a concern to many people. Not only is it a threat to civil liberties in principle, but it is also a new and relatively immature technology. It is not fully accurate and reliable, so it is sensible to be wary of its use by governments, law enforcement, and private companies.
Learn more about how facial recognition invades your privacy and use these tips to avoid it both online and in person.
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