Media: Dozens of western companies and authorities use Russian facial recognition software

Media: Dozens of western companies and authorities use Russian facial recognition software

Amid claims by Western politicians that Russia and Russian companies have been successfully isolated, the US financial outlet reports insider Information that dozens of US and Western organizations and companies in general are current or former customers of the Russian company NtechLab.

A leaked customer list was dem insider leaked and causes amazement: Among the customers of the NtechLab are said to be Starlink from SpaceX, Honeywell, Philipp Morris, Bosch and others.

“The NTechLab user list, the Insiders leaked from an anonymous source, contains more than 1,100 entries with companies and government agencies from more than 60 countries Insider. The magazine writes:

“Most of the entries on the leaked NTechLab user list come from police and military entities in other countries, including Interpol, the Brazilian Federal Police and the Royal Thai Army. Many public entities in Russia are also on the user list, such as the Russian Federal Security Service, the Federal correctional system, as well as several schools and subway systems. At least 20 entities based in Ukraine are also listed, including companies in areas such as Kiev Square.”

NTechLab is known for its FindFace program, which is based on artificial intelligence technology. According to the company, the software offers “record-breaking accuracy and high-speed recognition of faces, silhouettes and human actions, as well as vehicle recognition”.

insider Solicited NTechLab for comment and provided an excerpt of the user list — a company spokesman confirmed that the list includes “some current customers” as well as “companies and organizations that have tested our video analytics software for various purposes,” according to the magazine.

“Although the American companies contacted for comment and confirming use – Philip Morris, CasinoSoft and MutualLink – said they last used FindFace several years ago, the leaked user list also includes almost all of the current customers that NTechLab uses on its website, and many more”, emphasizes insiders. Some – like Intel and Nokia, for example – denied using FindFace when speaking to the magazine. Others – such as Starlink, Honeywell and Bosch – declined to comment.

Ultimately, Insider comes to this conclusion:

“In light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the US and dozens of other countries have imposed sanctions on major Russian banks, key Russian state-owned companies and senior Russian officials. These sanctions do not appear to apply to NTechLab, which does receive money from state investment funds, but privately is run by people who do not hold positions in the Russian government.”

A little research rt paints a slightly different picture. According to the independent business portal TAdviser is NTechLab on the market since 2015, with Roman Abramovich and the Russian government named as the ultimate owners of the company.

As As reported years ago, in December 2015, NTechLab had won the MegaFace Benchmark, a world championship in facial recognition. The event was organized by the University of Washington. The algorithm developed by NTechLab was able to assert itself against more than 100 solutions from competitors, including those from Google developed software Facenet.

Noisy TAdviser In May 2021, the US Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) declared NtechLab’s algorithm the best in seven independent tests, with three of the tests setting an all-time record.

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Source: RT

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