The US Authorities Decided to Destroy AI, Developed by Everalbum

Photo storage app secretly downloaded billions of photos from its users to train it's facial recognition algorithms.


The Federal Trade Commission of the United States has decided to destroy the artificial intelligence developed by Paravision (formerly known as Everalbum) that can recognize the faces of people in photographs.


According to a 2019 NBC News investigation, the photo storage app Ever secretly downloaded billions of photos from its users to train its facial recognition algorithms. Personal photos of users' friends and families were actually used without their permission to train AI algorithms, which Ever then sold to law enforcement and the US military.


Paravision will be required to remove all photographs secretly received from users, as well as any algorithms created using this data, as decided by the US Federal Trade Commission.


The data collected was critical to the future development of functional AI algorithms for Paravision. The removal of the algorithms means that previously developed facial recognition technology cannot be used under the contract with the US Air Force, which Paravision won last year.

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