Legal and Privacy Terms and Privacy

MegaPixels is an independent and academic art and research project about the origins and ethics of publicly available face analysis image datasets. By accessing MegaPixels (the Service or Services) you agree to the terms and conditions set forth below.


The MegaPixels site has been designed to minimize the amount of network requests to 3rd party services and therefore prioritize the privacy of the viewer. This site does not use any local or external analytics programs to monitor site viewers. In fact, the only data collected are the necessary server logs used only for preventing misuse, which are deleted at short-term intervals.

3rd Party Services

In order to provide certain features of the site, some 3rd party services are needed. Currently, the site uses two 3rd party services: (1) Leaflet.js for the interactive map and (2) Digital Ocean Spaces as a content delivery network. Both services encrypt your requests to their server using HTTPS and neither service requires storing any cookies or authentication. However, both services will store files in your web browser's local cache (local storage) to improve loading performance. None of these local storage files are using for analytics, tracking, or any similar purpose.

Links To Other Web Sites

The contains many links to 3rd party websites, especially in the list of citations that are provided for each dataset. This website has no control over and assumes no responsibility for the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third party web sites or services. You acknowledge and agree that (and its creators) shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such content, goods or services available on or through any such web sites or services.

We advise you to read the terms and conditions and privacy policies of any third-party web sites or services that you visit.

Information We Collect

When you access the Service, we record your visit to the site in a server log file for the purposes of maintaining site security and preventing misuse. This includes your IP address and the header information sent by your web browser which includes the User Agent, referrer, and the requested page on our site.

Information We Share

We do not share or make public any information about individual site visitors, unless where required by law to the extent that server logs are only retained for a limited duration.

Information We Provide

We provide information for educational, journalistic, and research purposes. The published information on MegaPixels is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License ( and for academic use only.

You are free:

To Share: To copy, distribute and use the dataset To Create: To produce works from the dataset To Adapt: To modify, transform and build upon the database

As long as you:

Attribute: You must attribute any public use of the database, or works produced from the database, in the manner specified in the license. For any use or redistribution of the database, or works produced from it, you must make clear to others the license of the database and keep intact any notices on the original database.

If you use the MegaPixels data or any data derived from it, please cite the original work as follows:

 author = {Harvey, Adam. LaPlace, Jules.},
 title = {MegaPixels: Origins, Ethics, and Privacy Implications of Publicly Available Face Recognition Image Datasets},
 year = 2019,
 url = {},
 urldate = {2019-04-20}

While every intention is made to publish only verifiable information, at times information may be edited, removed, or appended for clarity or correction. In no event will the operators of this site be liable for your use or misuse of the information provided.

We may terminate or suspend access to our Service immediately without prior notice or liability, for any reason whatsoever, including without limitation if you breach the Terms.

All provisions of the Terms which by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnity and limitations of liability.

Prohibited Uses

You may not access or use, or attempt to access or use, the Services to take any action that could harm us or a third party. You may not use the Services in violation of applicable laws or in violation of our or any third party’s intellectual property or other proprietary or legal rights. You further agree that you shall not attempt (or encourage or support anyone else's attempt) to circumvent, reverse engineer, decrypt, or otherwise alter or interfere with the Services, or any content thereof, or make any unauthorized use thereof.

Without prior written consent, you shall not:

(i) access any part of the Services, Content, data or information you do not have permission or authorization to access;

(ii) use robots, spiders, scripts, service, software or any manual or automatic device, tool, or process designed to data mine or scrape the Content, data or information from the Services, or otherwise access or collect the Content, data or information from the Services using automated means;

(iii) use services, software or any manual or automatic device, tool, or process designed to circumvent any restriction, condition, or technological measure that controls access to the Services in any way, including overriding any security feature or bypassing or circumventing any access controls or use limits of the Services;

(iv) cache or archive the Content (except for a public search engine’s use of spiders for creating search indices) with prior written consent;

(v) take action that imposes an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our network or infrastructure; and

(vi) do anything that could disable, damage or change the functioning or appearance of the Services, including the presentation of advertising.

Engaging in a prohibited use of the Services may result in civil, criminal, and/or administrative penalties, fines, or sanctions against the user and those assisting the user.

Governing Law

These Terms shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of Berlin, Germany, without regard to its conflict of law provisions.

Our failure to enforce any right or provision of these Terms will not be considered a waiver of those rights. If any provision of these Terms is held to be invalid or unenforceable by a court, the remaining provisions of these Terms will remain in effect. These Terms constitute the entire agreement between us regarding our Service, and supersede and replace any prior agreements we might have between us regarding the Service.


You hereby indemnify, defend and hold harmless MegaPixels (and its creators) and all officers, directors, owners, agents, information providers, affiliates, licensors and licensees (collectively, the "Indemnified Parties") from and against any and all liability and costs, including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys' fees, incurred by the Indemnified Parties in connection with any claim arising out of any breach by you or any user of your account of these Terms of Service or the foregoing representations, warranties and covenants. You shall cooperate as fully as reasonably required in the defense of any such claim. We reserves the right, at its own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter subject to indemnification by you.


We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to modify or replace these Terms at any time. By continuing to use or access our Service after revisions become effective, you agree to be bound by the revised terms. If you do not agree to revised terms, please do not use the Service.