Monday, September 2, 2013

Facebook Considers Adding One Billion Members to Facial Recognition Database

Facebook Considers Adding 1 Billion Members to Facial Recognition Database: Report photo credit: Robert Scoble/Flickr Madison Ruppert Activist Post Facebook is considering adding the majority of its over 1 billion members’ profile photos to a massive facial recognition database, according to Reuters. Though they've considered this move in the past, the process was delayed by a significant amount of outcry from European legislators. That hasn’t stopped them from developing the technology, evidenced by their acquisition of Israeli facial recognition company last year. Facebook revealed the possible action in an update to their data use policy on Thursday, Reuters reports, something which they claim is aimed at improving the performance of their “Tag Suggest” feature. “Tag Suggest” uses facial recognition technology to make the process of tagging people in photos posted to Facebook faster and easier. Many privacy advocates voiced concerns about the capability when it was first announced in 2011. Currently, Facebook automatically identifies faces in someone’s new photos uploaded to the site by comparing them to previous pictures the users were tagged in. As Reuters interestingly points out, “The changes would come at a time when Facebook and other Internet companies’ privacy practices are under scrutiny, following the revelations of a U.S. government electronic surveillance program.” Indeed, reports revealed that internet giants like Google and Facebook worked directly with the government on the PRISM program, though they issued cleverly worded denials after the reports were published.

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Source: by Madison Ruppert 31/08/2013