The Ultimate Disguise? New Concept Glasses Make The Wearer Undetectable To Facial Recognition Software, And Could Help Protect One’s Privacy From Prying Eyes

The Ultimate Disguise? New Concept Glasses Make The Wearer Undetectable To Facial Recognition Software, And Could Help Protect One’s Privacy From Prying Eyes
 
     Peter Lloyd, posted a July 23, 2019 article on the website of the DailyMail.com, with the title above. He wrote that “the world’s first light blocking glasses have been created to make the wearer unrecognizable to even the most advanced facial recognition software. The pioneering Reflectables IRpair act as a shield to make it impossible for smartphones, or CCTV cameras to capture a person’s identity. They do so by turning the eye area ‘black’ and invisible to any form of technology, reflecting infrared beams from any source, and subsequently distorting facial data. The specs can be worn during the day and night, and in both bright and dark environments.”
     Reflectables IRpair creator Scott Urban said: “The problem with facial recognition is that it has become so smart with infrared mapping and artificial intelligence, that people can no longer choose if they want to be on the system [in official data bases] or not. They are clocked [photographed] just by walking down the sidewalk. A profile is built everywhere. It is not to say I agree with using facial recognition to track everybody’s actions; but, my main concern personally is that I don’t want to be on these systems.”
     “I’ve never had social media, I’ve never had a smartphone. I am still pre-2007, and I like it that way,” Mr. Urban said.
     “The glasses come standard in a dark, translucent acetate with a glossy finish — giving the impression of traditional sunglasses,” Mr Lloyd wrote. “They don’t affect the vision at all, but are capable of making the wearer anonymous in images or videos using a flash. As well as full frame, the specs are available as a clip-on pair, which make it possible to wear with prescription lenses.”
     The glasses “are made with specifically formulated optical filters that absorb the near infrared spectrum, which is critical for 3D facial mapping, eye tracking, and illumination on average infrared cameras,” Mr. Lloyd explained. “This means any device using infrared in the forms of laser or lamp will not be able to obtain the necessary eye biometrics for facial recognition.”
     Reflectables IRpair “also filters out the visible blue light spectrum, allowing your vision to be more bright, visible, and clear,” Mr. Lloyd wrote. “Instead,” he adds, “they create more perception of depth, and provide a reduction in the effects of haze, smoke, and fog.”
     Mr. Urban added” The technology that currently exists, is able to scan everyone’s face at large, and then associate it with a unique identifier. This means a face, one’s new identity, can be tracked in all environments, at all times. People are giving up their facial data for free at the moment, in exchange for convenience. I don’t want to participate in that system, so that’s why I have created this  — to allow us to opt out.
Defeating Facial Recognition — Even If Successful — Isn’t Going To Hide Your Identity
     While these glasses may give an individual some level of comfort that they are hiding their identity, chances are, they have already ‘given away’ so many of their unique identifiers — that can still be identified. And, these glasses aren’t the only techniques being employed to defeat facial recognition. Make-up artists for example, have claimed to have created a method to disguise one’s identity. And, there anti-surveillance masks commercially available for purchase — that use 3D printing and an algorithm/schematic of one’s facial features, to provide a realistic/human face and new identity for a short period of time. But, if you have ever applied for a driver’s license, a passport, posted a selfie or have your photo on a social media site, your unique facial features have already been compromised.
     And, even if you have somehow successfully hidden your irises from technology, there are numerous other biometric signatures that are just as good, if not better — at identifying who you are. From body scans at airports, to DNA-shedding, to signatures from one’s veins and ear’s, to one’s unique heartbeat, one’s gait, and digital exhaust — it is really, really hard to stay hidden/anonymous.
     As Candace Cooper wrote on the November 24, 2014 website, Inside Counsel (IC), “biometrics are unique data markers that identify [us] using intrinsic physical or behavioral characteristics. Physical characteristics can include fingerprints, face prints (facial recognition-ready photographs); Iris scans, palm and voice prints, wrist veins, hand geometry, a person’s gait, and DNA. Behavioral biometrics include non-biological, or non-physical features such as distinctive and unique mannerisms (signature or keystroke patterns, habitual behaviors).” And, adds Ms. Cooper, [personal] data collection is easily accomplished and does not necessarily require your cooperation, nor awareness.”
     Dan Moren, writing in the December 30, 2014 website, Popular Science, “biometrics has long been put forth as the next big thing in authentication, replacing, or supplementing the concept of “things that you know,” — passwords, PINS, and so on, with “things that are you.” He went on to detail seven different biometric signatures that can identify who we are:

Ear Ear

“You heard it here,” Mr. Moren writes. “The shape of your ear is just as distinguishing as your fingerprints; no two ears — even on the same person — are alike. Startup Descartes Biometrics has come up with an app that can identify smartphone users by the way they press the phone to their ear and cheek — though it is less-than-consistent recognition means that this particular app isn’t yet ready for prime time;

Follow Your Heart

The Nymi, is an in-development wristband that takes an Electrocardiogram (ECG) – measuring the electrical signal generated by your heart’s activity — and, uses it to authenticate your identity. “You can then use the Nymi as a secure token for unlocking access to other devices, such as smartphones and computers. To date, identifying by ECG is less proven than fingerprints, or iris/retina recognition, but give the burgeoning popularity of smart devices that measure your heart rate, it could end up being a convenient method of identification;

Butt Biometrics

“I suppose you could say there’s just one ‘but’ about this biometric authentication method — and it’s your posterior, Turns out your keister,” Mr. Moren writes, “or, more specifically, the way you sit — can be used to identify you. One team of researchers has created a prototype of a car seat that can tell who’s sitting in it. It’s not only great for making sure that only you (or, presumably your family) can start your car; but also potentially handy for ensuring that your seat, mirrors, and other preferences are automatically adjusted for you;”

The Eye Movements Have It

“Authentication via parts of the eye, like the retina or iris, has been around for a while,” Mr. Moren acknowledges, “but, an Israeli company wants to use the unique movements of your eyes to identify you. It seems we move our eyes in predictable patterns when doing certain tasks, such as following an icon across a screen. The advantages of the system are that it’s tough to fool, since it requires a real-time response to a stimulus, rather than a static factor like a fingerprint; and, it’s fairly easy to implement. The downside, I imagine, is that it requires eye contact (which may not be easy when you’re driving for instance) and, is probably a little slower than using something like a fingerprint;”

The Nose Knows

“Not only is your olfactory organ good for smelling ; but, British researchers have established that it’s also a handy way to tell you apart from your neighbor. Like your ears, your nose is distinct — probably belonging to one of six common nose types — and it is unlikely to be mistaken for anybody else’s. It’s also easy to recognize, though changing your nose is hardly as tough as changing — say — your eyes. Hollywood can vouch for that;”

You’re So Vein

“While your fingerprints may be the biometric standby these days, there are some issues with relying on them too heavily. For one, they’re fairly easy to copy. Second, if someone is truly invested in breaking into your accounts, that may provide enough enticement to (gulp), remove a finger. Vein matching, on the other hand, can also use a finger, or a palm, but provides few additional benefits — most notably that the veins must be from a living person in order to work, and that they’re very hard to fake;”

The Sniff Test

“When that grade school bully taunted “Smell ya later,” he probably didn’t realize that he was predicting another potential biometric method,” of identity management. That’s right,” Mr. Moren notes, “your distinct body odor — and we’re making no judgments here — can be used to identify you. Researchers at the Polytechnical University of Madrid, have studied how scents differ among people; and, built an artificial nose, which they say can differentiate between two people by their smell. Like a bloodhound. The U.S. Army is interested in similar technology, which it would like to use to help suss out potential threats. It’s still early days, though the artificial nose can filter out smells like hand cream, or changes in odor — caused by diet or disease; but the Madrid team’s technology still has a failure rate of around 10 percent.”
     And, then of course — there is one’s digital footprint/digital exhaust. 

As the Sting/Police song goes, “Every move you make, every breath you take, every step you take, I’ll be watching you.” V/R, RCP

 

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