Estimating (and Fixing) the Effect of Face Obfuscation in Video Recognition
Recent research has shown that faces can be obfuscated in large-scale datasets with a minimal performance impact on image classification and downstream tasks like object recognition. In this paper, we investigate the role of face obfuscation in video classification datasets and quantify a more significant reduction in performance caused by face blurring. To reduce such performance effects, we propose a generalized distillation approach in which a privacy-preserving action recognition network is trained with privileged information given by face identities. We show, through experiments performed on Kinetics-400, that the proposed approach can fully close the performance gap caused by face anonymization.