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Small Japanese city crowdfunding privacy eyewear

What looks like a pair of glasses confuses facial-recognition software

By tilting the lenses up 10 degrees, wearers of the second edition of the PrivacyVisor will be able to slip by facial-recognition software unidentified.

TOKYO -- An improved version of eyewear designed to throw off facial-recognition software is now being crowdfunded by a small city in Western Japan.

The maker behind the remodeled PrivacyVisor is Maezawa Mold, an eyeglasses parts maker in Sabae, Fukui Prefecture. Professor Isao Echizen, an expert in privacy protection at the National Institute of Informatics, is helping out with the project.

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