Anatomy of a Backlash, or How Facebook Got an 'F' for Facial Recognition

Discussion in 'Spyware' started by siljaline, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. siljaline

    siljaline Guest

    ANALYSIS - If you haven't heard yet, Facebook hiked right into another privacy
    wetland this week, as it started rolling out its facial recognition technology to users outside of North America.

    The backlash, led by Graham Cluley blogging for the security firm Sophos, was fierce - and not altogether
    focused. European privacy regulators immediately began an inquiry - a bad sign for all since there's little the
    E.U. does worse than investigate privacy issues (opt-in for even first party cookies, for example - notwithstanding
    that the E.U. actually has some decent smart rules about information privacy.)

    At issue is a feature that Facebook turns on by default. When one of your friends uploads a photo and goes to "tag"
    individuals in the photo, Facebook's facial recognition algorithm makes guesses about the faces in the photos and
    suggests the right user for the picture. If someone who is not your Facebook friend uploads a picture say from a
    conference, they will not get the suggestion that it is you (likely in no small part because facial recognition beyond
    a certain group size is much harder to do.)

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    Either or as both gents are from ESET.

    siljaline, Jun 10, 2011
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