'Tech giants have made some major strides in advancing facial recognition technology.
It's now popping up in smartphones, laptops and tablets, all with the goal of making our lives easier.
But a new study, called 'Gender Shades,' has found that it may not be working for all users, especially those who aren't white males.
A researcher from the MIT Media Lab discovered that popular facial recognition services from Microsoft, IBM and Face++ vary in accuracy based on gender and race.
To illustrate this, researcher Joy Buolamwini created a data set using 1,270 photos of parliamentarians from three African nations and three Nordic countries.
The faces were selected to represent a broad range of human skin tones, using a labeling system developed by dermatologists, called the Fitzpatrick scale.
The scale is viewed as more objective and precise than classifying based on race, according to the New York Times.
Buolamwini found that when the person in a photo was a white man, the facial recognition software worked 99% of the time.
But when the photo was of a darker skinned woman, there was a nearly 35% error rate.'
Read more: Is facial recognition technology RACIST? Study finds popular face ID systems are more likely to work for white men
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