Is it just me who’s concerned about the new facial recognition technology that Facebook have introduced?
In case you haven’t heard, Facebook’s facial recognition technology means that if you upload a picture to Facebook, the system will scan the other 90 billion photos that it’s 600 million members have uploaded to see if any of the faces in your photo match the faces of people who have already been tagged. If it finds a potential match, you’ll recieve a message telling you and offering to tag the picture with the persons name. From what I understand the more pictures of someone that are tagged, the more likely Facebook is to recognise pitures of that person in future.
I know that it’s been introduced to make it easier to tag pictures and considering 200 million photos are uploaded to Facebook every day, I’m presuming that the majority of people will be a fan of the new technology but to me, it’s a huge concern. In theory, someone could take a photo of you without your knowledge, upload it to Facebook and find out all about you.
If, like me, you want top opt out of the facial recognition system, you can do so by doing the following:
- Go to Account in the top right corner and select Privacy Settings.
- Click ‘Customize settings’.
- Scroll down to ‘Suggest photos of me to friends’ and click the ‘Edit Settings’ button.
- Click the box where it says ‘Enabled’ and select ‘Disabled’.
What do you think, am I over reacting or do you have similar concerns?