Facit Cloak Identity GDPR Redaction Software Tested

By Robert Shih, Published Nov 28, 2018, 08:53am EST

The fear of GDPR fines for releasing personal information has increased interest in video redaction software.

One of these entrants is the UK's Facit Data Sytems's Identity Cloak.

In this test, we examine the performance of the software and contrast it to Genetec's Clearance face redaction feature.

Performance *******

******** ***** *** ******* solid *** ********* *********** but ******** **** ******** false ********* (*********** **** and ****** ******* ** faces) *** **** ***** negatives (** ** ******** most ****** ** ******). Manual ********* *** ****** yet *******. ******* ********* redaction *********** *** ******** to ******* *********.

*******, ******** ***** ** expensive ** * ******* annual ********** ** *,*** GBP *** **** **** each ***** ******** ******* a ******* ** **.** GBP (~$*** ***).

General ********

*** ********* ** ******** Cloak ******* * ******-***** progression ********* **** *** "Import" ********* *** ******** by "*** & *****", "Zoom", "*******", **** "******." 

****** ****** *** **** in .***, .***, .***, and .*** *******. *** resulting ******** ***** ** in .*** ******.

*** ********* ****** **** video ************ *** ******* of *** ********* ******** within *** "*******" ********, notes ****** ** ******** in *** *********, *** gives * ****** ** the ********* ** *********:

Trial **** ********* ********

** ******** ******** ** displayed ** ***** ********** 7-day ***** ****: "** is ******* ** *** the ******** ** **** mode":

trial mode watermark

** **** **** ***** simply ** ******* **** it ** *** '*******', simply ** ******** ***** watermark **********.

Detection ** **** **********, ****** *** ******

***** ***** ***** **** a ***** ***********, ****** FoV ******, ******** ***** was **** ** ****** multiple *****. ************* ** also ******** *** ******* privacy ******* ** * passing *******'* ******* *****:

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***** ***** **** * typical *** ******, **** more *********** ********, ******** Cloak *** **** ** detect ***** *** ****** moving ******** ****** *** FoV:

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Full **** ****** ******** ****

******** ***** ****** * modes ** ********, ******** and **** ****. ** testing, ******** **** ******* faces, *** ***** **** inconsistently **** ***** **** and ****, *** *** legs ** ****. **** Body ******** ********* ******** in ******** *** ****** subject **** ********.

******** ********:

standard-blurring

**** **** ******** ********* strongly ** ******** *** entire ******* **** ********, as ************ *****:

full-body-blurring

False ********* ** ****** ********** *******

***** **** ******** ********** during ***** ******** **** Identity ***** ******* ****** signs, ********, *******, *** even ****** ***:

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Frames ***** ********* ** ****

***** ******** ***** *** not **** *** ******** entirely ** *** *****, there **** ********* ***** certain ****** *** ******** conditions ***** ***** ********* to ****:

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Fallback ** ****** *********

******** ***** ****** * manual ********* ******** ** the ***********. ****** *** Genetic ***** *** *** user **** * *** to ****** * ******, Facit ******** ******** ****** to ***** * ****** as ***** *****:

manual-redaction

Local ** *********** ****

**** ******** *****, ***** is ** *****/****** ******. The *********** ****** ** local ******* *********. *** following ** *** *** and *** ******** ** load ****** ********:

cpu usage

Sold ****** ** ******* *******

******** ***** ** ********* directly ** ******* ********** resellers.

********* *** ******** ******* online *** *** ******* in two ********* ********:

******** '*********' ***** ** thousands *** ***** *** offered.

Compared ** ******* ********* **** *********

******** *****'* **** ********* performed **** ************ **** Clearance, ** ****** ****** of *********, ***** **** not ****** ***** ** they **** **** **** the ****** ** ****** the ***** ** ****.

******* ****** ***** *******, storage *** ******* ** video, ***** ******** ***** is * ***** ***********.

******* ** ******** ************ ********** $*** *** ***** (for ** *** ***** a ***** *** *********** unlimited ******), ***** ******** Cloak *** ****** ******* pricing **** ** ******* toward *** ***** ******** charges.

Face **** ** **** *********

*** ********** ********** ******* Facit ******** ***** *** Genetec ********* ** **** Facit ****** **** **** and **** **** ********* while ******* ** **** only.

**** *********** *** *** specific ***** **** **** or ***** ** ***** redaction ** ********. ** falls ***** *** "*************" or "****************", ********* ***** of *** "**** ********** by ****** *** ** default" ******** ** ****'* ******* **. *******, *** **** ***** ******* ************ **** anonymisation/pseudonymisation ********** ****** ** used. ** ****** **** that **** *********** "********* appropriate ********* *** ************** measures" **** ** ****************, which ** * ********* that "*** ****** *** risks ** *** **** subjects *********" (******* **). ** **** ** no '**** ***' *** that ********** ******* **** vs **** ********* ****** certainly **** ** *** most ************ ********** *********** part ** ***'* ******* body ** *******.

GDPR *************

***** ********* ** **** that *** *******'* *** and ************* ** *** price ** *** **** of ***** **** *****:

************* *** ******** *** been ********* ** *********** the ******** **** ***********, which **** **** ***** in *** ****. **** the **** *** ***** being **** ** *** EU ** ****** * €**,***,*** or * ******* *% of ********* ******* ** a ******* **** ** your ************ ** ** breach (********* ** *** greater). ** ******** ***** to **** ****** ** some **** ** * redaction **** *** ** one ***** *** **** times **** **** ******* it.

***** *** **** *****, Clients **** *** *********** in *** ***** ******** to ***** **** *** of *** *** **** packages *** ****** £*,*** or £*,*** *** ****. This ** **** ** insurance ******* **** ******* the ************ *** * Video ********* ******** ****** its *** *********** ******* nullifying *** **** ** a **** ****** ** this **** ********* ********** the **** ** ** ICO *****.

**** **** ******* ** that ** *** ** actually **** ** *** the ***********, *** £** per ****** (*** *** £1,995 *******) ** £** per ****** (*** *** £,995 *******) ** ******** from **** ****** ***, this *** ******** ** happen ***** **** ******* reaches £*. ** ***** point *** **** *** option ** ******* ** your ******* ** ********.

*** ******** ** *** early ******** **** ***** this ***** ** ***** is ************ ******** ** any ** ***** ********** as ** *** **** redact ***** ******* *** likely ** ** ******** and ** *** ******* knowledge ** *** *** law ******* ********** *** populace *** **** *** more ******* ****** ******** (SAR) *** **** ** Organisations **** **** **** to ******* ***** ******** videos.

****** **** **** ** do ***** ** ********** version ** £*,*** * month, ***** ****** **** unlimited ****** ** *** system, ***** *** ** attractive ** **** ********** when **** **** ********** data ** *** *** many ***** *** ****** is ***** ********.

** ** ******* *** answering *** ***** ** how ** * ******* the *****, ** ** a **** ***** ********* policy ********** *** **** a **** ***** **** if *** *** ****** an ********** ***** **** your ************ ** **** public ** *** ***.

***** **** ***-** ***** are ******** ** ***** this ********, ** ***** countries *********** ********* ** not **** ******* ********, given *** ******** ** other *******, ******** ***** has ***** *********** ***********.

**** ************* **** ********* or ****** ***** ********* offerings *** ** **** be *********** ** *** how ****, **** ******* and **** ******* ******* in ****.

Comments (7)

Call me a stickler, but for $5,000 a year they can’t spell “Identity” correctly on the main screen?

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That's actually a me typo... Not them. First video I ever made...and now I have to fix it. Burned the midnight oil, worked hard on the script and didn't notice that the title was wrong. Sorry guys, I'll do better.

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As an updated I would like to advise that Facit has released a new iteration of the software in the past week. We are pleased that the application now offers, under the Tools icon a screen grab function.

We are conscious that many large estates have a number of legacy systems within them and aligning all these codec’s is difficult and frustrating for operators, the tools we offered for this alignment process in earlier versions remain in place, though now complimented with the addition of the screen grab, for those systems which prove more challenging to align.

We continue to listen to feedback and work to make Identity Cloak as user friendly as possible.

 

Chris Selwood

Facit Data Systems

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Thank you for this update. We hope to stay informed as privacy concerns in recorded video gain more attention.

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IPVM, can you comment on technical performance in any more detail please? For example, what is the probability that a face will be blurred given a particular false alarm rate? How often did you see a face erroneously not blurred? Or not completely blurred? Any numbers here would be great, thanks.

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what is the probability that a face will be blurred given a particular false alarm rate?

We avoid giving numeric figures on analytic performance, you'll notice this across our tests. The reason is that it gives a false sense of precision. We focus on calling out specific phenomenons that cause issues and let readers than assess the likelihood of those phenomenon being applicable to their use case.

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Okay thanks John. I'm trying to bound the limitations of this technology, or at least identify them. Would it be safe to say that the false positives and negatives are a function of how many subjects are surveilled at once, and what the ambient conditions happen to be? It seems like to blur the faces of a busy sidewalk you'd need to throw a lot of processing at it. And would you expect that a busy, confused scene with occlusions and challenging tracks on dozens of people would likely lead to more false alarms?

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