PimEyes: Face Search for the Masses

Too thumbs up!:+1: :+1:” – stalkers everywhere

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Is there another site where this can be seen without register?

Try this one: https://www.pcmag.com/news/this-facial-recognition-site-is-creeping-everyone-out

(I never get a paywall at NYT… I wonder if it’s because I’m using a VPN, or if it’s due to the fact that I use NoScript to block nonessential scripts on websites.)

Another: https://netzpolitik.org/2020/pimeyes-face-search-company-is-abolishing-our-anonymity/

Disabling javascript completely works for me on NYT without VPN.

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We’re just a tool provider

Honestly, I’m OK with that defence. The problem is not that the images can be found. The problem is that the images are there at all. So the problem relates to the web sites where the images reside - and the images will still reside there even if you pay PimEyes to suppress the images from the search results, as the article says. In fact, like paying a blackmailer, even if you pay off PimEyes, some other company using the same or similar technology will still find the images - unless you address the issue at the underlying source.

Unfortunately it is not as simple as whether you post images of yourself to the internet - since anyone else, including your government, including your friends and relatives, might take a photo of you and post it to the internet - and different people have different cultures and attitudes and laws as to how acceptable that is.

This in part relates to the EU’s desired “right to delete”.

In the case of Facebook it also relates to the dumb$#@* profile photo implementation that mandates that profile photos be public.

In my view your right to control the use of your image needs to be legislated. However that probably won’t help the woman quoted in the article where

she learned that PimEyes was indexing torture porn websites and discovered that the incident from 2005 when she was forced to perform “humiliating” and “violent” sexual acts on camera had been published and could be retrieved using PimEyes’ service


and the images are presumably created by people who aren’t going to be discouraged by a law that would make unlawful the publishing of such an image without consent.

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Short of more widespread pro-individual legislation, this could be an untapped market that the existing “delete-my-info” subscription services should try and incorporate. Help people find their images and attempt to get them deleted at the source, but without the “extortion.”

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Yes. If it were me, I would want to know. However other people may have a different opinion if they are the ones in the images. Maybe the woman in question would rather have forgotten about it.