Scarlett Johansson opens up about deepfake videos and online exploitation

Earlier this week, the actress Scarlett Johansson talked about a problem she’s been facing for a while: deepfake porn. That’s not the first time she sees her privacy gone viral. In 2012, a hacker was sentenced to 10 years in prison after leaking nude photos of her and other celebrities, setting an example to warn future thieves.

As we mentioned in a previous post, Deepfake videos are generated by the application of a technology similar to the “face swap” used in Instagram and other networks. The algorithm has been used to superimpose faces of women – many of them female personalities – to people in pornographic videos. The result can be highly realistic fake videos.

In an interview with The Washington Post, Johansson has spoken out against deepfakes. One fake video, described as real “leaked” footage, has been watched on a major porn site more than 1.5 million times. “Clearly this doesn’t affect me as much because people assume it’s not actually me in a porno, however demeaning it is. I think it’s up to an individual to fight for their own right to their image, claim damages, etc”, Scarlett comment.

Johansson also mentioned the difficulty in pursuing legally since every country has different laws regarding copyright and the right to your own image. Unfortunately, online exploitation is a long time problem that Facechex is fighting since day one.

“Vulnerable people like women, children and seniors must take extra care to protect their identities and personal content. That will never change no matter how strict Google makes their policies”, she pointed.

“People think that they are protected by their internet passwords and that only public figures or people of interest are hacked. But the truth is, there is no difference between someone hacking my account or someone hacking the person standing behind me on line at the grocery store’s account. It just depends on whether or not someone has the desire to target you.”

FaceChex is an online platform that stops third parties from using your private content without your permission. You can learn more about the company and the technology behind it on our website.

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UK Report warns of the risks involved in exposing data on children in social media and electronic toys.

At first glance, it may seem like something common and harmless, but the exposure of children in the virtual world can be a full plate for big tech companies when it comes to sharing data.

The Who Knows What About Me study by England’s Children’s Commissar Anne Longfield, who works to promote children’s rights, warns of the risks involved in sharing personal information through large technology companies.

In the report, she explains that parents expose their children’s data at a troubling rate. The study estimates that when a child reaches age 18, the volume of content shared over the internet can reach 70,000 posts, and asks parents and schools to examine the types of electronic devices children play with, such as games and toys connected. Longfield argues that these devices can collect data about children, and recommends that governments pressure large technology companies to promote the security of their users’ information.

According to the study, an unimaginable amount of information is being disseminated in new ways because of the emergence of intelligent technologies. Regarding children, this phenomenon may have a greater impact, since they were born in the digital age.

 

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Proliferation of ‘deepfakes’ brings up issues of consent and authenticity of the digital image

The fake news universe is gaining a new dimension in 2018: fake videos have recently reached huge popularity in Reddit social network topics. Google Trends data shows peaks in searches for this content in mid-December 2017 and in late January and early February 2018.

Called “deepfakes”, the videos in question are generated by the application of a technology similar to the “face swap” used in Instagram and other networks.

The algorithm has been used to superimpose faces of women – many of them female personalities – to people in pornographic videos. The result can be highly realistic fake videos.

The major concern of experts and others, though, is that face-swap videos spread as a new form of virtual sexual violence against women. And that’s just what happened to Noelle Martin, who has been fighting deepfake pornography for six years. Your photos have been stolen from your personal networks and used on porn sites.

The situation escalated, even more, Martin told TNW: “It then moved to doctoring images of me into graphic pornography, on the cover of pornographic DVDs to fake images of me being ejaculated on.”

That’s why it’s so important to protect your images online. Facechex joined the movement to help make the internet safer and secure for everyone.

 

October is the National Cyber Security Awareness Month

National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) – observed every October – was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online.

NCSAM has grown exponentially since its inception in 2004, reaching consumers, small and medium-sized businesses, corporations, government entities, the military, educational institutions, and young people nationally and internationally.

It is part of a growing global effort among businesses, government agencies, colleges and universities, associations, nonprofit organizations and individuals to promote the awareness of online safety and privacy.

Among the many topics covered, we find “Stay Safe Online”, “Online Safety Basics”, “Theft, Fraud & Cybercrime”, “Key Account & Devices”, and “Managing your Privacy”.

Click here to read more about our 5 online safety tips.

Miss Universe Myana Welch fights online exploitation

Watch Miss Universe Guam, Myana Welch, talk about how she discovered her images were being misused online and how she is fighting against online exploitation.

We are part of a global movement to raise awareness about the growing issue of online identity theft.

Remember that you can report identity theft for free here.

IBM used NYPD surveillance cameras to develop facial recognition tech.

 

IBM is the company behind the NYPD police camera technology. The now public story let many citizens chocked since they weren’t made aware of how their images were being used.

The company has access to thousands of images of New Yorkers, taken from fewer than 50 of 512 total cameras. Using these secret images, IBM was able to create a program that searches camera footage by identifiers such as clothing color, hair color, facial hair and skin tone.

Last year, The Center for Privacy & Technology released a report concluding half of America’s adults have their images stored in at least one searchable facial-recognition database used by local, state and federal authorities.

FaceChex Launch Update

We’d like to thank you for your patience as we continue to build FaceChex pushing forward the new movement for identity theft protection. We didn’t get the funding we needed so currently we are bootstrapping our way to success. If you’re interested in contributing or investing, contact INFO@facechex

Our new motto: “Identity Theft for the Modern Age”

Since the Kickstarter we’ve been bootstrapping the development of the websites and application. We all know how important this project is that we simply MUST build it. We are happy to announce that we’ve made leaps and bounds, our AI is integrated and you have a sneak peak below at how it’s being utilized.
We’ve built in the auto login integrations and are tying them to our facial recognition, we’ve introduced the uploading mechanism and content selectors, our CDN is connected, and scans are being integrated.

We still need your support, so write us, or signup for Brand and Name Protection services with DMCAForce Signups.
Every signup with DMCAForce delivers 25% of their profits back to FaceChex for development.

Welcome to our Identity Registration Page:

This page represents our signup page, where you can for the 1st time signup to a website using your face. These pages and steps are not live yet:

  • Step 1: You select the cloud image, take a picture of your self or upload an existing one.
  • Step 2: Once you upload your image, we run a vector point scan. The image will resolve once done, then press submit.
  • Step 3: After pressing submit you’ll be taken to a secondary page to ender your name and email, on this page we tell you 4 unique characteristics about yourself, 1 of which is we quantify your age.
  • Step 4: This gives you access to start uploading content, before you can use our system to scan for your images for infringement you must complete the rest of the steps of the signup process.
  • Step 5: Your ID is entered into the blockchain and then gives you access to the rest of our services.  Your content is always private and secure.

You will notice that the portrayed image illustrates the upload process, but also the “Report Website” feature. If you go to FaceChex.com now, you will see a Report Identity Theft tab at the top of the page. You can use that currently for free, and will be available within the app. That is operated by our partner DMCAForce for enforcing your protection.

 

Media Library and Identity Scan Steps:

We are showing you this image to illustrate our media library and image selection tool. This page is unique as it allows you to be in control of what content is being stored for hosting and storage, vs. which content is being search for and protected.

  • Depending on the package you choose at signup, you will have the option of 5, 15, 50, 100 images on up to unlimited depending on the size of the plan you choose.
  • After the images are selected that you’d like to protect you press Save.
  • After pressing Save you’ll be taken to the “Start Scan” page, on that page you’ll be able to finalize your selections and determine to start the Scan.
  • Finally you check the results, instantly

Once you’ve received the reporting on the results page you’ll be able to confirm removal or decline removal and we will proceed with DMCA takedown procedures.
The infringer will then receive the notice and have the opportunity to contest the notice or comply. If they don’t contest and don’t comply, that provides you evidence of their willing theft and you can then proceed as you wish.

More pages to come…

 

New Feature:
Report Identity theft on FaceChex.com

Simply click the Report Identity Theft navigation link and fill out the form.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Privacy Policy Update: GDPR

GDPR Face Privacy

Privacy Laws with FaceChex

The long awaited EU General Data Protection Regulation, (GDPR) became enforceable on May 25, 2018.
Our system is designed to identify your stolen identity, and personal content.
GDPR compliancy is a priority for FaceChex, it is of the upmost importance we make sure you as our user are safe as well.
Data protection will never be the same, they have improved our data privacy, and are a step on the right direction.
At FaceChex, we are building tools that allows you to access what big advertising networks and retargeting companies can find about you. We are building that as we speak and this helps justify and further our cause.

For purpose of your protection and ours, we kindly request you to read our Privacy Policy and Data Protection Policy. Please note that by using the FaceChex Global platform, you fully agree to our terms and the new rules under GDPR.

GDPR and your Rights.

FaceChex privacy policy governs your use of Facechex mobile apps and the Facechex website. Facechex values the privacy of our users. We encourage you to become familiar with how we collect, use, and share information gathered through our web site and applications. With the new GDPR changes, and how data is becoming more than a personal issue now a days and has stretched the bounds of National Security, data security is even more important than ever and at FaceChex, we respect that, and hope to embody that which helps protect you and your data.

IMPORTANT: Currently we have 3 specific uses of your data.

  1. Help you protect yourself, your images, audio, and video data, and most importantly your Face. We do this by using your data and spidering for matches of that data across the internet.
  2. We request data from 3rd party companies which legally or illegally keep your data and provide it to you as part of our service options. We DO NOT use this data against you. We provide this as a service for you to access your data and know what is being kept on you.
  3. We  use anonymize’d versions of your data for Face ID verifications for access, payments, smart contracts, and other transactional  basis.

By signing up to FaceChex, you acknowledge and consent to give use of your personal data as that is one of the primary functions of FaceChex.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your personal identity theft, our product, or want to share your story at Info@

Ohio Democrat to Introduce New Bill to Protect Victims of Revenge Porn

revenge porn victim

Break-ups can be messy and complicated, but once things have settled, you assume the worst is over. Unfortunately, in many cases, this is only the beginning of a devastating, heart-wrenching battle. Whether out of anger, spite, or in a lapse of judgement, an ex may choose to post intimate photos the two of you shared on the internet – and if you live in one of the twelve states that doesn’t have laws against this act, there may be little you can do to fight it in court. For now, that is.

The Badass Army, a non-profit organization created to combat revenge porn, showed their support today for Ohio Democrat Joe Schiavoni’s new bill. This bill will be structured to determine penalties for revenge porn offenders: a misdemeanor charge. It will also provide victim protections, such as paid leave for attending court dates and easing the process of suing the poster.

The bill will not only protect against sexually-explicit images shared by a previous partner, but against any person who posts these images without consent. (Private photos are also frequently obtained through hacking personal accounts or devices.)

Although this is an important step in the right direction, Katelyn Bowden, the leader of the Badass Army, says that it will still be difficult to take down the volume of abusive images that exist online. This difficulty is where FaceChex software can be so valuable. By using web-scanning and facial recognition to find and take down these images, it is possible to greatly reduce the spread of online image abuse, and therefore reduce the damaging impacts on victims’ lives.

Click here to watch our live interview with Katelyn Bowden, leader of the Badass Army to learn more about the fight against revenge porn and how you can get involved.

Interested to find out if there are any private images of yours that have been shared without your content? Sign up for FaceChex today!