HRT Transgender Dataset

Created in 2013, the HRT Transgender Dataset helps facial recognition systems to identify users of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) transitioning or who have already transitioned from one gender to another. 

The dataset comprised 10,000 images of 38 people, with an average of 278 images per subject taken from publicly available YouTube videos 'under real-world conditions, including variations in pose, illumination, expression, and occlusion'. 

Dataset 🤖

Developer: University of North Carolina, Wilmington (UNCW)
Country: USA
Sector: Research/academia; Technology
Purpose: Identify HRT users
Technology: Database/dataset; Facial recognition; Computer vision
Issue: Copyright; Ethics/values; Bias/discrimination - LGBTQ; Privacy
Transparency: Governance; Marketing; Privacy

Risks and harms 🛑

The HRT Transgender dataset has been criticised for using and exposing the data of YouTube users without consent, potential bias against the LGBTQ community, and poor transparency.

Research, advocacy 🧮

Page info
Type: Dataset
Published: January 2023
Last updated: June 2024