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.
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
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.
GDPR and your Rights.
IMPORTANT: Currently we have 3 specific uses of your data.
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.
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.
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@
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!
We received a great question recently: Doesn’t Facebook own my photos?
It is a common misconception, that Facebook takes ownership of the content that you post, perpetuated by clickbait articles that encourage users to repost messages to their Timeline, claiming to protect you and your information.
You Own Your Photos
Before you add this message as your own status: You still own the copyright to any photos you post on Facebook’s platform, and that is expressly stated in the terms and conditions you agree to when you sign up as a user.
Why is it easy to get confused about who owns your photos? You also agree, in the terms, that Facebook has a “non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license” to use your photos.
So Facebook has a license to use your photos, without paying or asking you, throughout the world. They can enter agreements with other companies to license your photos, and you are also allowed to license your photos to others (such as Instagram or Twitter.)
Licensing vs. Ownership
Why does Facebook require this license when you sign up? Imagine if every time someone searched your name, Facebook had to pay you a royalty fee to display your profile photo. Or, if every time you posted a picture to your timeline, Facebook had to get your express permission to show that to each of your friends. That wouldn’t be a very successful social network…
To be clear, giving Facebook a license to your photos does not give them copyright ownership of your photos. As long as it is content that you created, you are the sole owner of the copyright of those pictures and this is why copyright law is still valid to protect your Facebook pictures.
You have two key choices to make when controlling your content on Facebook. First, you can choose where your content will be available and who can see it by managing your privacy settings. Facebook’s license to display your content is limited based on these settings so they are an important tool to utilize.
If the broad license isn’t something you’re comfortable giving Facebook, you may also decide whether or not to delete your account entirely. After deleting your account, the license will end – but so will all of the benefits that you enjoy from having the account.
Either way, it is important to remember that you retain your rights as the copyright owner of any content you put on Facebook, and can exercise those rights if your content is found to be used without your permission.
You can run, you can hide, – you can post anonymously – but this army of badasses will find you…
Today we sat down with the “avenger” of revenge porn, Katelyn Bowden, the founder of the Badass Army, a group devoted to fighting online image abuse. Members banded together after their personal images were shared without consent on an anonymous chat board, and used to demean and humiliate them. Together, they have created a community of activists that work to protect their members as well as all others online from the abusive practice of revenge porn.
The group takes a vigilante approach to combatting revenge porn, as Katelyn describes in the interview. They reject the common saying that ‘if you didn’t want your images to be shared online, you shouldn’t take them.’ Instead, they work to protect others online because that type of victim-blaming has no place in their mission.
Watch the Kickstarter Live interview to learn more about the Badass Army’s mission and how FaceChex technology can help fight online image abuse!
You can support the Badass Army on their Go Fund Me page. Proceeds go toward their legal fees, helping others affected get their photos removed from the board, and helping victims process the emotional toll that this type of abuse has on their lives.
Are you taking the necessary steps to be safe online? Or are you leaving yourself open to identity theft? Read FaceChex founder Mark Bauman’s latest Forbes article to find out.
The recent news has been filled with cases of public figures dealing with online identity theft, such as Myana Welch’s images being exploited on a fake escort ad, but people are often reluctant to believe this is something that could happen to them. Identity thieves capitalize on this disbelief. The article explains that a “Brazilian father was shocked to realize that his profile image had been copied and used to create a vehicle for Russian meddling in the U.S. election.”
Don’t let identity thieves hide behind your image to catfish, scam, or otherwise mislead others. Bauman explains the importance of privacy settings, vetting your social circle, and understanding the agreements you enter online. Along with educating yourself on online safety, make sure to pass on this information to others. Check out the FaceChex Kickstarter to create an online safety book for teens to order a book for your family and your local library!
When Facebook first admitted that 10 million people may have viewed Russian-sponsored ads on its platform, Facechex founder Mark Bauman was skeptical at how such a number could be so influential in the 2016 election. “ads on a pure numbers level have a .001% to (in extreme cases) 10% click-through ratio — the ratio of people who actually click an ad versus how many just see it.” Bauman explains in his Forbes article. This would mean that these ads would have only affected 10,000 people – hardly enough to sway the entire country’s election.
Bauman sat down for a Kickstarter Live interview to explain why a “complicated web of fake profiles across the social media sphere” is far more likely the vehicle used to influence the election. Facebook initially estimated that 6% of it’s user-base was comprised of fake or duplicate accounts.
And that number keeps growing. The latest estimates by Facebook put the estimate at 270 million fake accounts, or 10% of its user-base. Through Bauman’s estimates, he anticipates that number is closer to 500 million. We will be on the lookout for Facebook’s next update on its fake profile count…
In the meantime, check out FaceChex’s Kickstarter campaign to create an online safety book for teens.