May 24, 2013
Poll: Are You Worried That Facebook Recognizes Your Face?
Posted on Jun 9, 2011
Regulators in the U.S. and Europe are concerned about a new Facebook feature that uses face-recognition software to “tag” users in their friends’ photos. Other services, notably Google’s Picasa and Apple’s iPhoto, already use this technology without objection (as far as we know).
Then again, not everybody has Facebook’s appalling privacy record.
Of course it’s much easier to have a machine identify your friends and we’d think people would want to know when someone is posting photos of them online.
Still, Facebook isn’t in it for the sake of convenience alone. As a lawyer for the Electronic Privacy Information Center says in the L.A. Times, the new feature “raises questions about what Facebook does with this user data once it collects it and who else is accessing that data after it’s collected.” —PZS
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