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Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Facebooks controversial face recognition feature goes global

Facebook has now globally released a new 'Face Suggestion' feature which scans new photos and suggests people that should be 'tagged' based on facial recognition.
The new technology has been active in the US since late last year, but has only recently been used across the world.

Facebook users are able to turn off the feature, however, the feature was automatically activated when it was introduced. This has upset some users, who have said that they were not informed of this new feature or asked beforehand if they wanted it activated.

This has sparked a new row between Facebook and its members over user privacy. In recent years, thier have been a number of cases regarding facebook users feeling they're personal information is not safe enough.

Graham Cluley, who is a senior consultant for the security firm - Sophos, wrote on his blog that 'Most Facebook users still don't know how to set their privacy options safely, finding the whole system confusing'.

Mr Cluley somewhat assured that 'The tagging is still done by your friends, not by Facebook, but rather creepily Facebook is now pushing your friends to go ahead and tag you. '

In early 2011, Sophos wrote an open letter to Facebook, asking for 'privacy by default'.

You can read Graham Cluley's blog here - http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2011/06/07/facebook-privacy-settings-facial-recognition-enabled/
(The blog also explains how to alter you face suggestion settings) 


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