Face Recognition and Privacy in the Age of Augmented Reality

Journal of Privacy and Confidentiality, 6(2), 1, 2014

20 Pages Posted: 6 Jan 2019

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Alessandro Acquisti

Carnegie Mellon University - H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management

Ralph Gross

Carnegie Mellon University

Frederic D. Stutzman

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - School of Information and Library Science (SILS)

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

In 1997, the best computer face recognizer in the US Department of Defense's Face Recognition Technology program scored an error rate of 0.54 (the false reject rate at a false accept rate of 1 in 1,000). By 2006, the best recognizer scored 0.026. By 2010, the best recognizer scored 0.003 an improvement of more than two orders of magnitude in just over 10 years.

In 2000, of the approximately 100 billion photographs shot worldwide, only a negligible portion found their way online. By 2010, 2.5 billion digital photos a month were uploaded by members of Facebook alone. Often, those photos showed people's faces, were tagged with their names, and were shared with friends and strangers alike.

This manuscript investigates the implications of the convergence of those two trends: the increasing public availability of facial, digital images; and the ever-improving ability of computer programs to recognize individuals in them.

Keywords: Face Recognition, Privacy, Augmented Reality

Suggested Citation

Acquisti, Alessandro and Gross, Ralph and Stutzman, Frederic D., Face Recognition and Privacy in the Age of Augmented Reality (2014). Journal of Privacy and Confidentiality, 6(2), 1, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3305312

Alessandro Acquisti (Contact Author)

Carnegie Mellon University - H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management ( email )

Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
United States
412-268-9853 (Phone)
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Ralph Gross

Carnegie Mellon University ( email )

Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
United States

Frederic D. Stutzman

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - School of Information and Library Science (SILS) ( email )

United States

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