Best Image Anonymization APIs in 2024

Best Image Anonymization APIs in 2024

What is Image Anonymization API?

Image Anonymization API, also known as image de-identification or image de-personalization, refers to the process of automatically removing personal or sensitive information from images. The main objective is to protect the privacy and security of individuals who may be depicted in images shared online or used for research purposes.

Image Anonymization on Eden AI
Image Anonymization on Eden AI

Image Anonymization API typically performs by applying algorithms to detect and blur or remove specific types of data, such as faces, license plates, or other identifying marks.

Image Anonymization APIs uses cases

You can use Image Anonymization in numerous fields, here are some examples of common use cases:

  • Healthcare: protect patients' privacy by removing identifying information from medical images such as X-rays and MRIs. This can be especially useful when sharing medical images for research purposes.
  • Law enforcement: protect the privacy of individuals who are not relevant to the investigation or who have not given permission for their images to be used.
  • Social media: protect users' privacy by blurring or pixelating faces or other identifying information in images.
  • Research: protect the privacy of study participants by removing identifying information from the images.

These are just a few examples of Image Anonymization API uses case. This technology can be leveraged for organizations or individuals to easily and automatically remove sensitive information from images, ensuring that the privacy of the person involved is protected and that sensitive information is not disclosed.

Best Image Anonymization APIs on the market

While comparing Image Anonymization APIs, it is crucial to consider different aspects, among others, cost security and privacy. Image Anonymization experts at Eden AI tested, compared, and used many Image Anonymization APIs of the market. Here are some actors that perform well (in alphabetical order):

  • API4AI
  • Blurit
  • Celantur
  • SightEngine

1. API4AI - Available on Eden AI

API4AI provides a comprehensive technology that is designed to meet the high demand for anonymization solutions in compliance with various privacy regulations. With the ability to easily detect and anonymize faces and license plates in the same image, users don’t need to switch between modes for different types of objects. API4AI's solution is resilient to various environmental factors, such as lighting conditions, rotation, and small distortions. As a completely cloud-based solution, API4AI ensures high reliability and uptime for its users.

2. BlurIt

BlurIt uses advanced algorithms to accurately and effectively blur faces and license plates. Their solution can handle images and videos of up to 16K resolution.

Depending on your needs and preferences, BlurIt is available through multiple delivery methods (Cloud, API, and On-Premise).

3. Celantur

Celantur provides fast and efficient Image Anonymization API, from faces to license plates, bodies and vehicles. They also offer the possibility to integrate the feature across all platforms, including Web, API, and On-Premise.

4. SightEngine

Apart from automatically detecting and blurring faces in images, SightEngine offers the possibility to remove Personally Identifiable Information (PII) in any visual content such as faces, phone numbers, email addresses, and so forth. Moreover, SightEngine’s API enables users to automatically strip location and date information as well as other potentially sensitive meta-data from images.

Performance variations of Image Anonymization APIs

For all companies who use Image Anonymization API in their software: cost and performance are real concerns. The Image Anonymization market is quite dense and all those providers have their benefits and weaknesses.

Performances of Image Anonymization APIs vary according to the specificity of data used by each AI engine for their model training. This means that some Image Anonymization APIs perform well at anonymizing faces while others may perform better at anonymizing license plates.

Bear in mind that if the user has very specific data, not all provider's engine will be able to anonymize the information accurately. If you have customers coming from different fields, you must consider this detail and optimize your choice of provider.

Why choose Eden AI to manage your Image Anonymization APIs

‍Companies and developers from a wide range of industries (Social Media, Retail, Health, Finances, Law, etc.) use Eden AI’s unique API to easily integrate Image Anonymization tasks in their cloud-based applications, without having to build their own solutions.

Eden AI offers multiple AI APIs on its platform amongst several technologies: Text-to-Speech, Language Detection, Sentiment Analysis, Summarization, Question Answering, Data Anonymization, Speech Recognition, and so forth.

We want our users to have access to multiple Image Anonymization engines and manage them in one place so they can reach high performance, optimize cost and cover all their needs. There are many reasons for using multiple APIs :

  • Fallback provider is the ABCs: You need to set up a provider API that is requested if and only if the main Image Anonymization API does not perform well (or is down). You can use confidence score returned or other methods to check provider accuracy.
  • Performance optimization: After the testing phase, you will be able to build a mapping of providers’ performance based on the criteria you have chosen (languages, fields, etc.). Each data that you need to process will then be sent to the best Image Anonymization API.
  • Cost - Performance ratio optimization: You can choose the cheapest Image Anonymization provider that performs well for your data.
  • Combine multiple AI APIs: This approach is required if you look for extremely high accuracy. The combination leads to higher costs but allows your AI service to be safe and accurate because Image Anonymization APIs will validate and invalidate each other for each piece of data.

How Eden AI can help you?

‍Eden AI has been made for multiple AI APIs use. Eden AI is the future of AI usage in companies. Eden AI allows you to call multiple AI APIs.

Eden AI platform - Multiple AI engines in one API
Multiple AI engines in one API

  • Centralized and fully monitored billing on Eden AI for all Image Anonymization APIs
  • Unified API for all providers: simple and standard to use, quick switch between providers, access to the specific features of each provider
  • Standardized response format: the JSON output format is the same for all suppliers thanks to Eden AI's standardization work. The response elements are also standardized thanks to Eden AI's powerful matching algorithms.
  • The best Artificial Intelligence APIs in the market are available: big cloud providers (Google, AWS, Microsoft, and more specialized engines)
  • Data protection: Eden AI will not store or use any data. Possibility to filter to use only GDPR engines.

You can see Eden AI documentation here.

Next step in your project

The Eden AI team can help you with your Image Anonymization integration project. This can be done by :

  • Organizing a product demo and a discussion to better understand your needs. You can book a time slot on this link: Contact.
  • By testing the public version of Eden AI for free: however, not all providers are available on this version. Some are only available on the Enterprise version.
  • By benefiting from the support and advice of a team of experts to find the optimal combination of providers according to the specifics of your needs
  • Having the possibility to integrate on a third-party platform: we can quickly develop connectors

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