The photo-tagging facial recognition program was developed because as Facebook put it:
“People love tagging their friends and family in photos, but we’ve heard that it can be a tedious process. Now you can add tags with just a couple of clicks directly from your home page and other sections of the site, using the same face detection technology that cameras have used for years.”
Facebook does not tag people in photos automatically, but prompts users to tag friends that the facial recognition system recognizes.
The service is opt-out in Facebook’s security settings as opposed to opt-in.
That aspect of the facial recognition feature and Facebook’s approach to privacy altogether is what is beginning to bother some people.
It does seem that Facebook is sharing personal information by default and most people feel distinctly uncomfortable about a site like Facebook not only knowing what they look like, but also using that information without their permission!
If you are concerned about Facial Recognition from Facebook, you can go into your privacy settings and change them. Click “Privacy settings” –> “Customize settings” –> “Things others share” –> “Suggest photos of me to friends” –> “Edit settings” and disable.
How do you feel?
Have you opted-out yet or are you happy with the Facebook Recognition Program?