Incident 298: Student-Developed Facial Recognition App Raised Ethical Concerns

Description: TheFaceTag app, a social networking app developed and deployed within-campus by a student at Harvard raised concerns surrounding its facial recognition, cybersecurity, privacy, and misuse.
Alleged: Yuen Ler Chow developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed TheFaceTag app users.

Suggested citation format

Pednekar, Sonali. (2021-10-21) Incident Number 298. in Lam, K. (ed.) Artificial Intelligence Incident Database. Responsible AI Collaborative.

Incident Stats

Incident ID
298
Report Count
4
Incident Date
2021-10-21
Editors
Khoa Lam

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