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Facebook's New Facial Recognition Software: Creepy or Cool?

Tech 2011/06/12 09:19:43
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Facebook's new automated photo tagging feature, which utilizes facial recognition software, has been met with significant criticism from users. While most new Facebook features are met with skepticism and complaints of invasion of privacy, the popular social networking site may have gone too far this time.

For now, the company is using the database and facial recognition software only to help users identify the people in the snapshots they upload to the social network. Nevertheless, it's just the kind of repurposing of personal information that companies should obtain users' permission for — a step that companies don't like to take because it results in fewer people participating.

Facebook's users collectively upload millions of photos daily, and the company has long encouraged them to add digital tags identifying the people in them. What it didn't tell users was that it was using that information to build a database of facial images. Late last year it started using this database to identify people automatically, although the person uploading the photo still had to confirm the tag.


In addition to being angry about Facebook's lack of transparency when building this photo database, users are also concerned about how the feature may increase risks of cyberstalking, as well as the possibility that Facebook may choose to sell these photos to advertisers in the future.

Is this new feature cool or just creepy?





























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  • Gabhain 2011/06/14 04:16:21
    Cool
    Gabhain
    Old tech.
  • Ben 2011/06/13 18:30:09
    Creepy
    Ben
    Minority Report....we're getting closer.
  • Freedomwatcher 2011/06/13 18:27:50
    Creepy
    Freedomwatcher
    +1
    Being the paranoid individual I am... it makes me wonder who else is using this and for how long.. sounds like a tool for law enforcement and FBI or CIA use... more or less a tool for big brother.. especially since the FBI and CIA stalk Facebook and other social networking sites... The real question is... Who is more paranoid? Me? Or them?
  • Michael McFascist 2011/06/13 18:11:24
    Cool
    Michael McFascist
    ...and creepy.
  • dawn 2011/06/13 17:53:29
    Creepy
    dawn
    +1
    Facebook is overstepping its bounds by creting a database of facial recognition. This is very scary!
  • StevenM 2011/06/13 17:23:31
    Creepy
    StevenM
    +2
    what if i dont want to be tagged on tones of photos. this should be an option for the uses to enable or disable.
  • S.e.carson StevenM 2011/06/13 17:28:03
    S.e.carson
    or what if it is glichy and makes mistakes, i dont want my name tagged to some random girl from taiwans picture, defs should be an option
  • Ben StevenM 2011/06/13 19:08:23
    Ben
    You can opt out, but FB can still find your images using the facial recognition.
  • StevenM Ben 2011/06/13 19:23:27
    StevenM
    which it still very creepy
  • Follow The Money 2011/06/13 16:53:43
    Creepy
    Follow The Money
  • Jahan 2011/06/13 16:37:55
    Cool
    Jahan
    Welcome to the future.
  • ACT17 2011/06/13 15:36:14
    Cool
    ACT17
    It is incredibly convenient when I'm uploading a bunch of pictures at a time... I don't have to go through each picture and tag everyone.
  • Chaya2010 2011/06/13 15:35:34
    Creepy
    Chaya2010
    +1
    I don't like the idea.
  • Resp 2011/06/13 15:10:58
    Creepy
    Resp
    Why don't they just admit it. Facebook is the new FBI. They simply don't care about privacy.
  • Sage 2011/06/13 14:37:20
    Cool
    Sage
    How is it creepy? Eh, now this is creepy.....
    creepy eh creepy creep sarah palin
  • Xx .. M... Sage 2011/06/13 16:35:18
    Xx .. MCRfan .. xX
    "AND DO THE CREEP!! AHH"
    :)
  • GaPch 2011/06/13 14:13:17
    Creepy
    GaPch
    I have seen the movies, have you? Where the guy is going down the street, running from the cops because they think he did something that he didn't and facial recognition software from the hundreds of cameras all around the city, zeros in on his face and alerts the authorities to where he is....Fact or fiction?
  • freebirdie 2011/06/13 14:02:32
    Creepy
    freebirdie
    Someone with some smarts can make TONS of money if they start another type of FB without all the creepy stuff and constant changes. Different colors, fonts and emoticons--and a dislike button! I know there's MySpace, but there was a reason FB was created and is more popular. I shouldn't give my ideas away so easily, but really, who hasn't already thought this should happen?
  • Jane 2011/06/13 13:54:36
    Cool
    Jane
    If you're going to put your photo online where hundreds/thousands/millions of people can see it, don't be surprised when, shock horror, people actually see them.
    I know one person who uses Facebook for one reason. To get photos of friends/acquaintances for joking photo-hops; he does it in jest, there are no doubt others who do it more seriously. This was before the recognition feature.
    It's a pretty impressive trick, this image recognition, by all accounts. Might not be brilliant, but if people would try to help improve it, and make it more accurate instead of making a big circus, there'd be less 'cyberstalking'. But seriously, if you're going to make an online profile, be prepared.
  • Kira 2011/06/13 13:43:43
    Creepy
    Kira
    +1
    once my fb profile was closed because i couldnt have recognized a monkey photo and some other weird photos. o_O
  • annadaniarndt 2011/06/13 12:08:33
    Creepy
    annadaniarndt
    Nah - just ANNOYING. It isn't even good facial recognition software. It will 'recognize' five different people as one. Whatever. I just don't use it.
  • Pam 2011/06/13 11:24:43
    Creepy
    Pam
    Too much info, I don't use my pic on Facebook and don't post pics of my loved ones.
  • Im_a_person. 2011/06/13 06:18:23
    Creepy
    Im_a_person.
    i dont like facebook
  • AndyAnduer 2011/06/13 06:07:35
    Creepy
    AndyAnduer
    I feel like face book is using the permission we give them to use us as Guinea pigs in their social experiments to design even more technology that the can sell us / enslave us later. We are turning into a scientific dictatorship to the point where they control us by our own habits using technology.
  • rgerard2 2011/06/13 05:34:12
    Creepy
    rgerard2
    MY Call if I want _____ id'd
  • Mercedes 2011/06/13 04:48:49
    Creepy
    Mercedes
    Enough with freakin Facebook!
  • igillum 2011/06/13 04:38:40
    Creepy
    igillum
    There is a lot creepy about Facebook.
  • ♥Gabs1697♥ 2011/06/13 03:35:20
    Cool
    ♥Gabs1697♥
    Everything fb does is cool..:)
  • DANNY_B0i♛ 2011/06/13 03:28:54 (edited)
    Creepy
    DANNY_B0i♛
  • HappiestGirl 2011/06/13 03:24:26
    Creepy
    HappiestGirl
    +2
    Knowing that Facebook is in bed with Obama and that Obama is all about BIG government makes this even creepier.
  • Creepy
    υяsυℓα  vεηgεαηcε ►нαя∂ cσяε sтяαιgнт ε∂gε◄
    Perfect stalker material, that's what it is
  • Naked υяsυℓα ... 2011/06/13 03:23:35
    Naked
    tagging your friends in your pictures?
  • υяsυℓα ... Naked 2011/06/13 15:15:26
    υяsυℓα  vεηgεαηcε ►нαя∂ cσяε sтяαιgнт ε∂gε◄
    No, not tagging, the facial recognition
  • Naked υяsυℓα ... 2011/06/13 17:43:41
    Naked
    The facial recognition is for tagging, and making tagging easier. When you post pictures it automatically asks you if the person in the picture is "so and so"... and if is right you leave it the way it is and if it is not you fix it. Sometimes it works, other times not so much.
  • Mecynogea 2011/06/13 02:51:03
    Creepy
    Mecynogea
    I just hate the lack of privacy facebook has now. If that ever appears on my facebook, it will disappear...
  • freebirdie Mecynogea 2011/06/13 13:56:43
    freebirdie
    +1
    FB's new security alert - facial recognition! To Protect yourself, change your settings: Account > Privacy Settings > Customize Settings > Things Others Share : Suggest Photos of me to friends > Edit Settings > Change "enabled" to "disabled" > Okay
  • Mecynogea freebirdie 2011/06/14 00:48:22
    Mecynogea
    +1
    Thank you very much. :)
  • Dan ☮ R P ☮ 2012 ☮ 2011/06/13 02:09:42
  • EdWhiteSpace 2011/06/13 01:50:57
    Cool
    EdWhiteSpace
    +1
    iPhoto has had it for years, as have others. Its a tool to more easily tag people in the photos posted... The paranoia is silly. Does anyone think the government is tracking anyone through some teen girl's prom pics?
  • ♥dazza♥ 2011/06/13 01:36:04

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