Privacy Notice – IBM Research DiF Dataset.

In the IBM Privacy Statement (www.ibm.com/privacy) and the IBM online privacy statement (www.ibm.com/privacy/details), IBM informs you about how IBM collects, uses and shares personal information of users of IBM websites and other IBM online services.

 

This notice complements the IBM Privacy Statement and informs you of specific information that IBM collects in the context of the IBM Diversity in Faces (DiF) research project, which is principally aimed at advancing the study of diversity in faces as it relates to fairness and accuracy in face analytics (the IBM Research Project).

 

IBM is committed to advancing the study of diversity in faces as it relates to fairness and accuracy in face analytics.  In order to explore this topic, the IBM Research Project has created coding schemes (such as cranio-facial, facial ratios, facial regions contrast, pose and resolution) and facilitated the annotations of age and gender of publicly available images from Flickr (the IBM Research DiF Dataset).  The IBM Research DiF Dataset is made available to the research community to advance the study of diversity in faces as it relates to fairness and accuracy in their face analytics research.

 

In addition to what is described in the IBM Privacy Statements we process the following personal information for the IBM Research Project:

 

1. Verification Questionnaire completed by website visitors.

 

Access to the IBM Research DiF Dataset is provided only for research purposes and at IBM’s sole discretion. To help ensure that the IBM Research DiF Dataset is being disclosed to legitimate research institutions and/or researchers, who will be using the IBM Research DiF Dataset for research purposes, IBM asks visitors of our website who wish to access the IBM Research DiF Dataset to complete a questionnaire.  This questionnaire asks for name, position, university or research organization, department, relevant address, an explanation of the intended use and other information.  IBM considers the information provided before permitting access to the IBM Research DiF Dataset for the purposes of conducting research. 

 

IBM uses questionnaire responses only in connection with a request to access the IBM Research DiF Dataset in order to validate and evidence eligibility to use the IBM Research DiF Dataset and to communicate with the person seeking access. Should a requestor not wish to use the IBM Research DiF Dataset anymore, and wish to have any personal information removed, please notify IBM by email at the following email address: difres@us.ibm.com.

 

Please note, IBM does not permit processing of the IBM Research DiF Dataset without this validation, so any request to withdraw personal information may first require confirmation that the IBM Research DiF Dataset has been deleted and that it has not been disclosed to or shared with any third party. 

 

Subject to applicable law on the retention of data, IBM shall delete information as follows: (i) a reasonable time after a request to withdraw personal information as specified above; or (ii) two years from the date that the IBM Research DiF Dataset is no longer being made available for research purposes on this IBM website and it is considered that the data is no longer needed for the purposes set out above.

 

 

2. URL Links to images on Flickr.

 

The below applies to individuals, where one of the URL Links of the IBM Research DiF Dataset would refer to their publicly available Flickr image. 

 

The IBM Research DiF Dataset includes a list of URLs of Flickr images (but not the images themselves) that were made publicly available under certain Creative Commons Licenses. IBM has taken great care to not include Flickr IDs or any other Flickr identifiers of individuals in the IBM Research DiF Dataset and IBM has no intention of identifying the specific individuals within the images and prohibits third party research institutions from doing the same (as set out in our Terms of Use for the IBM Research Project).  Nevertheless, as this information may be considered “personal” in certain jurisdictions, we have taken steps to help ensure that the IBM Research DiF Dataset is only disclosed to carefully selected third party research institutions and/or researchers, is used for limited and specific research purposes, and is processed securely.

 

To the extent that the IBM Research DiF Dataset is considered personal information, IBM is processing this data on the basis of our or a third party’s legitimate interests and for the purposes of scientific research.  If you would like IBM to remove any URLs of your Flickr images and associated annotations from the IBM Research DiF Dataset, if you have any comments on the annotations associated with a URL that is linked to your Flickr images, or if you have any information indicating that the rights to certain URLs of images are restricted, please contact IBM by email at difres@us.ibm.com.   We will consider your request and remove the related image URLs and associated annotations from this IBM Research DiF Dataset as appropriate.  IBM is not able to locate the URLs in the IBM Research DiF Dataset that are linked to your Flickr images, unless you either (i) provide IBM with the URLs you wish to be deleted from the IBM Research DiF Dataset, or (ii) provide IBM with your Flickr ID.  Therefore, IBM may ask you to provide such list of URLs, or your Flickr ID, along with your express consent to use your Flickr ID for the sole purpose of facilitating your request. If you do provide your Flickr ID for this purpose, IBM will delete your Flickr ID from its records as soon as IBM deletes the URLs and associated annotations linked to your images from the IBM Research DiF Dataset.

 

For further information on your rights, we refer you to the IBM Privacy Statement (www.ibm.com/privacy).