Now, porn sites that match your face to sleazy stars
Using facial-recognition technology, two porn websites match user-submitted photos of people to porn stars, it has been revealed.
But there doesn't appear to be any mechanism for consent on the part of the people whose images are submitted. And what happens if someone uses the matches to harass an ex-girlfriend, an ex-husband or a friend's mother?
"We think facial matching is the future and we stand behind it," Naughty America chief executive officer Eddie Arenas said when his company's "Face Match" feature went live in June.
"What we've developed is a system where users can visually show us exactly what they want and then see similar images," he said.
Face Match, available at face.naughtyamerica.com, lets you upload, link to or email a JPEG file from a computer or mobile device.
It promises to find porn stars who look like the person whose photo you uploaded, along with links to images and video of those porn stars in business.
The other service, the amusingly named SexFaceFinder also matches images, but this time the results are women on the other end of paid live-video-chat services.
"Upload any picture of your fantasy girl and find her HOT LIVE look-alike!" the site said.
Despite its failure at facial recognition, SexFaceFinder does have some advantages over Naughty America's Face Match.
Not only does SexFaceFinder let you upload PNG and BMP files as well as JPEGs, but it promises to "never save the pictures you upload," and doesn't pull a bait-and-switch to harvest your email address. Anyone can use it in complete privacy.