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Facebook applied facial recognition technology to users' accounts without notifying them

It seems as if Facebook's problems with security are never-ending. New social networking features roll out and appear to cross the line almost every time, and now, Facebook users are expressing concern for its new facial recognition technology. 

Facial recognition technology can be found in different programs, such as Apple's iPhoto and Google's Picasa. But the facial recognition feature can be turned off, giving users the option to use it or not. Unfortunately, this is not the case with Facebook's facial recognition feature. 

Facebook announced the release of the facial recognition feature back in December, saying it would speed up the process of tagging friends in photos. Facebook also noted that it would only be released in the United States, but in an email statement yesterday, Facebook admitted that the technology had become available to users internationally without telling them about it

"We should have been more clear with people during the roll-out process when this became available to them," said Facebook in an email statement. 

The Facebook response also added that photo-tagging suggestions using the facial recognition technology were only offered when new photos were uploaded to Facebook, and it only suggested friends. In addition, the message mentioned that the feature can be disabled in a user's privacy settings. 

But it's difficult to turn these settings off when people do not know they even have the feature. 

This new feature presents privacy problems because Facebook has over 500 million users, and applying this technology unknowingly could raise questions about whether certain personally identifiable information would become associated with the photos within the database. 

"Yet again, it feels like Facebook is eroding the online privacy of its users by stealth," said Graham Cluley, a senior technology consultant at Sophos.



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RE: This is why...
By Schrag4 on 6/8/2011 12:48:53 PM , Rating: 1
Well according to the article, international users didn't know about the feature until months after it had been turned on for them by default.

The OP's reason for not using FB is that no matter what settings he chooses, FB might decide to change your settings without telling you anyway. Or they could be hacked and your info stolen. Or they could decide to sell your info, and so on.

While personally, I feel these are all great reasons not to use FB, I have to admit that the main reason I don't use FB is because I see my few, true friends in RL regularly enough. I don't need an hourly update on the BM status. I'm still relatively young (33 today), but I really don't understand this latest generation. It's like everyone's a zombie, looking at their phones 24/7, while they're walking, driving, riding a bike, even when they're carrying on a conversation with someone sitting across the table from them! Bugs the heck out of me. /rant


RE: This is why...
By Reclaimer77 on 6/8/2011 1:37:07 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I'm still relatively young (33 today), but I really don't understand this latest generation. It's like everyone's a zombie, looking at their phones 24/7, while they're walking, driving, riding a bike, even when they're carrying on a conversation with someone sitting across the table from them! Bugs the heck out of me. /rant


Well I'm 34, and if I could get away with only having to deal with my loved ones in person and nobody else, I would do it. Look at the world around us, it's not so hard to understand why so many feel this way.


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