Facebook is now using facial recognition technology to suggest that other users tag a photo of a friend once they are identified, essentially creating the largest database of identifiable photos on the planet. Facebook quietly launched the program in the US and it is quickly becoming available everywhere. “We should have been more clear with people during the roll-out process when this became available to them,” a Facebook spokesperson said.
Not surprisingly, privacy critics are in an uproar. However, others whom have been historically more liberal, have also been raising their eyebrows at Zuckerberg’s newest brain child. “At the end of the day, Facebook’s facial recognition technology is downright creepy…imagine, a world in which someone can simply take a photo of you on the street, in a crowd, or with a telephoto lens, and discover everything about you on the internet,” wrote PCWorld.
One last notable remark came from former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who has openly acknowledged that Google HAD developed facial recognition technology, but did not roll it out on account of innumerable unforeseen consequences.
To turn Facebook’s facial recognition off go to: Account > Privacy Settings > Customize Settings > Things others share > Suggest photos of me to friends > Edit Settings > Disable
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