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Legal chatbot firm DoNotPay adds anti-facial recognition filters to its suite of handy tools

Legal chatbot firm DoNotPay adds anti-facial recognition filters to its suite of handy tools
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Legal services startup DoNotPay is best known for its army of “robot lawyers” — automated bots that tackle tedious online tasks like canceling TV subscriptions and requesting refunds from airlines. Now, the company has unveiled a new tool it says will help shield users’ photos from reverse image searches and facial recognition AI.

It’s called Photo Ninja and it’s one of dozens of DoNotPay widgets that subscribers can access for $36 a year. Photo Ninja operates like any image filter. Upload a picture you want to shield, and the software adds a layer of pixel-level perturbations that are barely noticeable to humans, but dramatically alter the image in the eyes of roving machines.

The end result, DoNotPay CEO Joshua Browder tells The Verge,…

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