170,000 Face Data were sold publicly without the knowledge of the parties concerned.

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 170,000 Face Data were sold publicly without the knowledge of the parties concerned.


Face Data for Online Sales

Everyone has multiple photos.

Recently, a reporter from Beiqing Daily found in an online shopping mall that some businesses publicly peddled face data, with a number of about 170,000 items. As you can see from the merchandise information released by the merchants, these face data cover the portraits of 2,000 people, each of whom has about 50 to 100 photos. In addition, each photo is matched with a data file. In addition to the location information of the face, there are 106 key points of the face, such as the contour information of eyes, ears, nose, mouth, eyebrows, etc.

In addition, the data can also provide information such as gender, facial expression, facial value, whether to wear glasses and so on. Businessmen said in the commodity description that the data do not provide information such as the names and ID numbers of the persons involved, nor can they be used for illegal purposes.

The reporter of Beiqing Daily contacted the merchant who sold the aforementioned face data as a buyer. The merchant said that part of the face samples sold by Beiqing Daily were taken from search engines, and the other part was from the database of a software company abroad. The merchant said he had sold the data several times since the sale. It said that it usually engaged in the relevant work of artificial intelligence, so it collected a lot of face data and sold out that is to earn a meal money.

The reporter of Beiqing Daily got the data packages sold by the merchant, which did include 2000 folders, each with dozens of photos and corresponding data files. Some of the photos belong to well-known performers, some of them come from doctors, teachers and other public groups, and some of them are minors.

Beijing Youth Daily reporters randomly selected a picture of a smiling man. In its data file, a lot of location information is recorded in English. Before these information, the words left eye, right eye, nose and so on can be seen. The data also recorded a 32-year-old man without glasses.

The data does contain information about the emotions of the characters in the photos, but it does not directly point out what kind of emotions the characters reveal, but divides the emotions into sadness, neutrality, confusion, anger, surprise, fear, happiness and other indices. Face value and skin condition are also expressed by indices.

Face Data Access

The parties knew nothing about it.

A reporter in the Beijing Qingdao newspaper repeatedly contacted the party whose portrait appeared in the data package, Mr. Li, a doctor in Guangxi, who was shocked to learn that his photos and facial data had been sold on the Internet. He told the Beijing Youth Daily that he had never authorized anyone to collect his own face data, nor had he ever allowed anyone to sell his photos and face data.

Another teacher, Mr. Chen, who teaches at a university in Beijing, told the Beijing Youth Daily that he had never known that someone had collected his facial data and could not accept that someone was using it for profit.

Yunfei, an engineer of Hangzhou Yipaiyun Network Technology Co., Ltd., told Beiqing Daily that no one has heard of the case of using face data to commit illegal acts at present. But the number of 170,000 data is still very rare, especially the corresponding information labeling for each data is rare.

Yunfei also said that in theory, there is still a certain risk that face data will be sold at will. If we collect enough detailed portrait and face data of a person, we can achieve real-time face-changing through technical means, with some other audio simulation technology and personal privacy information, it may be very confusing to use video chat fraud. Yunfei suggests that for some non-financial or less important services, users should not be advised to open face recognition functions.

Confirmation of Business Violation

Network Mall Operators Off-shelves

Xiong Chao, a lawyer at Beijing Normal Law Firm, said that selling face data online is not only suspected of violating other peoples privacy and portrait rights, but also suspected of violating citizenspersonal information security. From the point of view of selling personal face data online, it belongs to infringing citizens portrait rights, privacy rights and personal information security. Especially when they are sold without citizens permission, it is a clear violation of the law. Lawyer Xiong Chao also expressed the hope that the relevant parties would introduce relevant systems or legal provisions on face recognition technology and the resulting data as soon as possible, so as to better protect the personal face data of the common people. The reporter of Beiqing Daily reported the face data of online sales to the operator of the platform of the online shopping mall. After verification by the operator, it was confirmed that the face data sold by the merchant did not conform to the sales rules of the platform. The operator of the platform said that the corresponding processing would be carried out immediately. By the afternoon of September 9, the product had been removed from the shelves. Source: Responsible Editor of Beijing Youth Daily: Chengyu_NBJ11143

Xiong Chao, a lawyer at Beijing Normal Law Firm, said that selling face data online is not only suspected of violating other peoples privacy and portrait rights, but also suspected of violating citizenspersonal information security. From the point of view of selling personal face data online, it belongs to infringing citizens portrait rights, privacy rights and personal information security. Especially when they are sold without citizens permission, it is a clear violation of the law. Lawyer Xiong Chao also expressed the hope that the relevant parties would introduce relevant systems or legal provisions on face recognition technology and the resulting data as soon as possible, so as to better protect the personal face data of the common people.

The reporter of Beiqing Daily reported the face data of online sales to the operator of the platform of the online shopping mall. After verification by the operator, it was confirmed that the face data sold by the merchant did not conform to the sales rules of the platform. The operator of the platform said that the corresponding processing would be carried out immediately. By the afternoon of September 9, the product had been removed from the shelves.