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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 Smilin on 6/8/2011 1:49:51 PM , Rating: 2
Ok am I on another planet here?

No. You're just making so many wild assed assumptions about what people are doing that you think they are crazy. For example..
You already signed up for Facebook, you already uploaded your images and share them
Nope. I upload just a few images to FB. Anything of value I share via another method then post on facebook. Why? I'm aware that all photos on facebook become their property.
What possible reason would anyone have to think you would further want to "opt in" for something you've been doing voluntarily already!?
Hm. So you have some sort of evidence that facebook was scanning every uploaded photo prior to this?
You use the biggest social networking site on the planet, and yet somehow, expect anonymity?
..perhaps you ARE on a different planet. I never said those words yet you heard them. Strange.

Your argument is like telling me you should be able to walk down the street and have nobody see your face, and if they DO, they should have to inform you they saw it. Do you realize how asinine you sound?

WOW. I think you've cornered the market on asinine here. Nothing in my argument says that. But hey lets take your stupid analogy a little closer to reality..

Walking down the street and someone recognizes me? Fine. Don't tell me? Fine. I'm in public, WTF?

Sending a robot down the street to do a "Minority Report-esq" scanning and tagging of EVERY face it sees faster than any human being could possibly do? Maybe I don't like this...I still have the choice to stay indoors. Don't tell me about it so I'm tricked into being scanned? NOT cool.

If you're not able to see where this could possibly lead then you're dense as frozen shti.

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