Photo storage app Ever is using millions of users' photos to build a facial recognition system
An investigation by NBC News has found that photo memories app Ever has been using billions of images uploaded by people to develop a facial recognition system without making it obvious to users.
There are clear privacy concerns here, particularly as NBC points out that the way in which photos were being used was not clearly communicated to users. Ever, however, is insistent that people have nothing to worry about.
In a statement given to the Register, Ever AI's CEO Doug Aley said: "To be absolutely clear, no user information of any kind is provided from our Ever app to our enterprise face recognition customers. That means that no user images are provided, and no information derived from those images, such as vectors or mathematical representations of the images, are provided to our enterprise customers".
We have always taken steps to ensure that Ever is in compliance with all applicable laws, but our goal is to do more than just comply with existing law -- we want to take steps to protect the privacy of our users, whether they're legally required or not.
That is why we’ve taken proactive actions for a long time to be transparent with our users and to let them know that the Ever app uses face recognition to organize their photos. There is nothing hidden about the fact that Ever uses face recognition to organize photos and create albums for our users, and we've made sure to give users the ability to use or not use that feature as they wish.