In July, Google admitted that employees in various US cities are bumping around the sidewalk, looking for people willing to sell their face data for a $ 5 gift certificate to use Pixel 4's unlocking system to improve. However, the New York Daily News reports that a Google contractor may use some questionable methods to obtain these facial scans, including addressing groups of homeless people and cheating college students who are not knew they were recorded.  According to several sources allegedly involved in the project, a contract agency called Randstad explicitly sent teams to Atlanta to target homeless and dark-skinned people, often without saying they were working for Google, and without admitting that they actually worked to accommodate faces of people.
Google was not fully aware that Randstad was tracking homeless people, but a Google manager reportedly told the group to target people with darker skin, a source said Daily News .
There are too many passages raising their eyebrows to print them all here, but here are a few:
"They said they target the homeless because they are the least likely to hurt the media say. "Employee said. "The homeless did not know what was going on."
Some were asked to collect the facial data by characterizing the scan as a "selfie game," much like Snapchat, they said. One said the workers should say things like, "Play a few minutes on the phone and get a gift card" and "We have a new app, try it out and earn $ 5."
California team members have been specifically told that they could attract those who are burdened with money stress by mentioning a state law stating that gift cards can be exchanged for cash for less than US $ 10.
Also a phone surrounded by a large, sturdy metal frame sealed with tamper-evident stickers and security screws.
It is important to note that there are legitimate reasons why Google wants to make sure that the new feature to unblock faces is widely tested with people in color. It should not be biased due to lack of data. For that reason, Apple has captured facial recognition data prior to the introduction of Face ID, as we have previously reported. While it's not very scary to approach someone and explain the situation completely, it does seem that Google and / or its contractor have chosen extreme and unpleasant shortcuts to make money.
Google and Randstad did not immediately respond to requests for comment.