5 ways to hide your face from biometric scanners

Five simple techniques that allow you to walkabout modern society undetected

By Shepard Ambellas

(INTELLIHUB) — Well ladies and gentlemen, you had better bet your ass that the NSA is now constantly spying on you and everyone else around you[ref]NSA Is Creating Huge Facial Recognition Database by Taking Millions of Images Off The Internet[/ref]. They want to know everything about you. What you eat. What you drink. Where you go. Who you talk to. Who you text. Everything.

Furthermore, rest assured that the NSA’s  latest biometric facial recognition systems are highly advanced and are currently being implemented publicly.  That’s right, thanks to C.I.A. backed websites like Facebook, virtually everyone’s photo exists on the Internet, allowing anyone to be recognized everywhere. And I do mean everywhere.

In 2014 there are now cameras at train stations, airports, banks, schools, grocery stores, gas stations, ATMs, intersections, on your computers, phones and any other place you can think of. There is no escaping the camera in today’s society. Which means, everywhere you go you can be potentially recognized by biometric systems.

Do you really want to be tracked in realtime, everyplace you go, at all times?

If not, here are five innovative solutions to keep Big Brother from always knowing what you are up to.

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#1 The Anti-facial recognition mask

Invented by a man named Howie Woo[ref]woowork.com[/ref], the system seems to work as he has claimed to have evaded facial detection for 5 months.

While the mask may not be practical for everyone, Woo has managed to invent something that is a proven winner against the NSA and other agencies.

#2 Privacy Visor Glasses

Another sure way to hide from facial recognition software is by wearing Privacy Visor Glasses, developed in Japan.

According to digiinfo.tv[ref]Privacy visor glasses jam facial recognition systems to protect your privacy[/ref], “This is the world’s first pair of glasses which prevent facial recognition by cameras. They are currently under development by Japan’s National Institute of Informatics.”

#3 Camouflage your face

Another good way to escape Big Brother is to camouflage your face, and a company by the name of CV Dazzle[ref]http://cvdazzle.com[/ref] can help.

An excerpt from the company’s website reads:

The name is derived from a type of World War I naval camouflage called Dazzle, which used cubist-inspired designs to break apart the visual continuity of a battleship and conceal its orientation and size. Likewise, CV Dazzle uses avant-garde hairstyling and makeup designs to break apart the continuity of a face. Since facial-recognition algorithms rely on the identification and spatial relationship of key facial features, like symmetry and tonal contours, one can block detection by creating an “anti-face”.

(Image: CV Dazzle)
(Image: CV Dazzle)

#4 Facial Weaponization Suite – Electronic Masks

According to the inventor of Facial Weaponization Suite, Zach Blas:[ref]http://www.zachblas.info/projects/facial-weaponization-suite[/ref]

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Facial Weaponization Suite protests against biometric facial recognition–and the inequalities these technologies propagate–by making “collective masks” in community-based workshops that are modeled from the aggregated facial data of participants, resulting in amorphous masks that cannot be detected by biometric facial recognition technologies. The masks are used for public interventions and performances. One mask, the Fag Face Mask, generated from the biometric facial data of many queer men’s faces, is a response to scientific studies that link determining sexual orientation through rapid facial recognition techniques. Another mask explores a tripartite conception of blackness, divided between biometric racism (the inability of biometric technologies to detect dark skin), the favoring of black in militant aesthetics, and black as that which informatically obfuscates. 

#5 Sunglasses

While large shaped of sunglasses such as Blue Blockers are likely the best, a simple set of shades is a basic defense against facial recognition software.

Forbes reported:[ref]How To Hide Your Face From Big Brother? Try Sunglasses[/ref]

While normal glasses didn’t stymie the software, large dark glasses made the subject completely unrecognizable. “The simplest way to defeat the software is to wear a good pair of sunglasses”.

It’s a brave new world out there.

About the author:
Ambellas, Shepard - Bio IconShepard Ambellas is the founder and editor-in-chief of Intellihub News and the maker of SHADE the Motion Picture. You can also find him on Twitter and Facebook. Shepard also appears on the Travel Channel series America Declassified.
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