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Recognizr: Because Sometimes 'Please Rob Me' Is Not Enough

From the Brave New World file comes a camera phone application that must have law enforcement and many others a bit on edge. The Mail Online reports in this article that an application called "Recognizr" uses facial recognition software to enable the user to find names, telephone numbers and addresses of complete strangers by simply taking a picture of someone and hitting the 'Recognize' button.

Developed by a Swedish company called The Astonishing Tribe, Recognizr is being finalized now for public release. According to the Mail Online, Recognizr can receive a photo taken by a camera phone, compare it to other photos on sites such as Facebook and Twitter, and then provide personal information taken from the Web on the person in the photo such as phone numbers, addresses and e-mail addresses. Critics say that the software may enable burglars to find out where targets live, or allow a new form of stalking where a "guy could take a picture of a girl in a bar and find out all sorts of information."

It strikes me that a combination of Recognizr and Please Rob Me would be particularly problematic. Users of both platforms could theoretically use Please Rob Me to find out when a person is not home, then use Recognizr to analyze the "not home" person's avatar to learn where they live.

Experience the creepiness for yourself, below:

Posted by Bruce Carton on March 2, 2010 at 01:34 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)


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