TECH5, an innovator in the field of biometrics and digital identity management, will continue to invest in millions of consent-based facial images to train its AI-based face recognition algorithm.

Currently facial images can be easily obtained for free from the internet through a variety of social network websites,academic databases, scraping, and other channels. As a result, some companies are taking advantage of this easy access to train their AI-based algorithms. However, in most cases, these images are being used without the consent of its owners. In reaction to these practices, several countries are starting to create and implement new legislation to protect citizens’ biometric data and rights as well as to provide guidelines for not only fair, but legal use of these data. Nevertheless, the fact remains that each company must develop their own policies outlining how they choose to responsibly use these types of images.

“In keeping with our company’s mission of creating technology that allows citizens to retain sole control over their identities, we use consent-based, depersonalized data for the training of our neural networks. We have made the conscious choice to continue investing in this area, obtaining the necessary rights for millions of images to train and benchmark our algorithms using these data. Access to supersized datasets will ensure that our technologies are not only highly accurate and robust, but also inclusive of people from all walks of life.” – comments Rahul Parthe, Co-founder, CTO and Chairman of TECH5.

“One of our goals as a company is to contribute to ethical use of biometrics.” – comments Rob Haslam, Strategic Advisor of TECH5. “We believe that only implementation of ethically trained algorithms can help to develop a transparent and secure biometric market.” – concludes Mr. Haslam.