Respectful Cameras: Detecting Visual Markers in Real-Time to Address Privacy Concerns

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Executive Summary

To address privacy concerns regarding digital video surveillance cameras, the authors propose a practical, real-time approach that preserves the ability to observe actions while obscuring individual identities. In the Respectful Cameras system, people who wish to remain anonymous wear colored markers such as hats or vests. The system automatically tracks these markers using statistical learning and classification to infer the location and size of each face. It obscures faces with solid ellipsoidal overlays, while minimizing the overlay area to maximize the remaining observable region of the scene.

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