Please read this and share it with all your friends and download your file that Facebook maintains on you. I have included instructions below :
ATTN EVERYONE THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT AND IT CONCERNS EVERY FACEBOOK USER: Please share this with anyone you know.
Facebook maintains a facial recognition software program that is called DeepFace. It is a 9 layer net with 120 million connection weights. It's accuracy is said to be 97%, far greater than even the FBI’s NexGen system (NGI) which is about 85% accurate.
In light of the privacy issues around Facebook lately and Cambridge Analytics, I decided to see for myself yesterday exactly what information Facebook had stored about me. To do this, go to your main page, then click on the down arrow next to the question mark, then, click on “settings”, then, on your “General Account Settings” (right under, “manage your account”) you will see a sentence that will highlight , DOWNLOAD A COPY OF YOUR FACEBOOK DATA. They will gather up all the stuff they have on you and then email you a link which you will be able to download.
I did this and found a 177Mb file of thing I just could not believe. There were private conversations of cell phone conversations that were transcribed, right there…in black and white. There were also text messages that had nothing at all to do with Facebook…right therein black and white. And as if that was not bad enough, They had the most detailed facial recognition data of me stored even though I specifically opted out of using my Face to sign in with Facebook or any other device. When you download your data, go to PHOTOS and then click on the file called FACEDATA.htm. I bet your face is there too.
Now, I am not a bank robber or a drug dealer so its not like Im running or hiding from law enforcement but the problem is more complex than just that. First, I never gave them permission to gather the data and facial recognition is used in a variety of ways which is why there is a Biometric Information Privacy Act under which Facebook has already been sued but in the first round, the case was dismissed in January of 2016 due to lack of jurisdiction. There will be more suits now. I want you to read the following which is borrowed from Facial Recognition Systems, Privacy issues on Wikipedia only because I could not have written it any better myself.
excerpt from Wiki Facial Recognition:
“Face recognition can be used not just to identify an individual, but also to unearth other personal data associated with an individual – such as other photos featuring the individual, blog posts, social networking profiles, Internet behavior, travel patterns, etc. – all through facial features alone.Concerns have been raised over who would have access to the knowledge of one's whereabouts and people with them at any given time.Moreover, individuals have limited ability to avoid or thwart face recognition tracking unless they hide their faces. This fundamentally changes the dynamic of day-to-day privacy by enabling any marketer, government agency, or random stranger to secretly collect the identities and associated personal information of any individual captured by the face recognition system.
Consumers may not understand or be aware of what their data is being used for, which denies them the ability to consent to how their personal information gets shared.Social media websites such as Facebook have very large numbers of photographs of people, annotated with names. This represents a database which may be abused by governments for face recognition purposes. Face recognition was used in Russia to harass women allegedly involved in online pornography. In Russia there is an app 'FindFace' which can identify faces with about 70% accuracy using the social media app called VK. This app would not be possible in other countries which do not use VK as their social media platform photos are not stored the same way as with VK.]In July 2012, a hearing was held before the Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, to address issues surrounding what face recognition technology means for privacy and civil liberties.
Thank you for sharing this with your friends. I dont mind contributing to anything if I am asked to. I have even enrolled in a few clinical trials for medicine for Lupus. But I was fully aware of what I was doing and I knew why I was doing it…for the good of science and humanity. But I gave my CONSENT for the companies to draw my blood and do tests and I was the one that made the choice to take the pills. Facebook never gave me that chance, they just TOOK IT.
Thanks, Curt Creelman
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