Facebook Now Knows What You Look Like
As It Rolls Out Facial Recognition Software
While you were sleeping
I am sure that the vast majority are unaware, as I was until just now, that Facebook has stealthily rolled out facial recognition software to create an amazingly large database of photos of you and I. And with every new photo that is posted by any Facebook user, the software will associate a name to a face, and record it in it’s massive databases. How much do you want to bet that the US Government is the main beneficiary of this information?
“Facebook has eroded the online privacy of millions of its users byswitching on facial recognition technology without telling them, a technology expert said today. The leading social networking website has ‘enabled’ a function that automatically identifies people in photos without their knowledge. The feature has been expanded from the United States to ‘most countries’, Facebook said on its official blog yesterday.
Its ‘Tag Suggestions’ feature uses facial recognition technology to speed up the process of labeling friends and acquaintances that appear in photos posted on Facebook.
So if a friend ‘tags’ you in one photo, the technology will automatically scan your face and then try and find matches among all their pictures. It will then suggest that they ‘tag’ these photos of you as well.
Tagged photos typically appear in your photo stream as well as in your friends streams, depending on your settings. When the function was launched in the U.S, Facebook contacted users directly a few weeks before – an action not taken in Europe. MORE
HOW TO DISABLE:
Sign into your Facebook account.
Click on Account on the top right of the page and then Privacy Settings on the drop-down menu.
Click on Customize settings.
Scroll down to ‘Suggest photos of me to friends’ and click Edit.
Change setting from Enabled to Disabled and save.