Facebook's photo facial recognition enabled: Time to check your settings

Facebook's photo facial recognition enabled: Time to check your settings

Summary: A new Facebook auto-opt-in feature has been enabled. If you do not want software to facially recognise you, here's how to turn it off.

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Facebook photos now have facial recognition, allowing content to be matched to your face for a greater spread of tagged photos.

Though the tagging is still done by your friends, the facial recognition software detects your face and pushes it in an advert-like style to the right hand side of your friends' screen.

This is a highly useful feature for those with hundreds, if not thousands of photos from nights on the town, and little motivation to tag them all. Yet as in this case, Facebook often employs an 'opt-in' feature by default, leading some to not knowing that this feature even exists.

For a while it has been open to North American users, but is now open to everyone around the world, reports Sophos. Once again it is time to check your Facebook settings.

As Sophos point out, Facebook does not allow you to pre-approve tags; only the ability to remove tags once they have been tagged.

Here's how to check the setting to make sure it is how you want it to be:

  1. Go into your Facebook privacy settings here.
  2. Underneath the scatter-graph of boxes, click Customise settings.
  3. Under Suggest photos of me to friends, click Edit settings.
  4. Facebook automatically enables this feature. On the dialog box, select whether you want the feature to be enabled or not. Click Disable if you do not want it.
  5. Press OK and it is automatically done.

Granted, there is a preoccupation for the media -- including myself -- to jump on the privacy bandwagon when a new feature is enabled, especially one which involves the privacy settings. In short, users should have the option to opt in to a feature, rather than having to opt out.

Next week, I will be highlighting five important Facebook settings that you will need to check, just to make sure you are on the right side of the privacy barrier.

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  • Should Facebook automatically opt-in users?

    Or should they be given the option to opt out if they wish? How do you fare Facebook's new feature system -- should they alert users of new features? What do you think about this new feature (as discussed in the article)? Will you be using it? <b>Have your say.</b>
    zwhittaker
    • RE: Facebook's photo facial recognition enabled: Time to check your settings

      My guess is that if not automatically opted-in < %10 of users would use such features.
      hakanernnews
      • RE: Facebook's photo facial recognition enabled: Time to check your setting

        @hakanernnews
        ya true
        but they can do it another way with intimating and now they regrets
        http://thenewscourier.blogspot.com/2011/06/facebook-facial-recognition-technology.html
        TechExpert21
    • RE: Facebook's photo facial recognition enabled: Time to check your settings

      @zwhittaker

      So Facebook will have a database of faces and facial recognition software. I can see law enforcement licking its lips now. Time for all criminals to leave Facebook - which is probably a good thing ;-)
      tonymcs@...
      • RE: Facebook's photo facial recognition enabled: Time to check your settings

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    • they should have not do that

      @zwhittaker
      very old tech for a new social interaction
      sure i m gonna use it
      RE: Facebook's photo facial recognition enabled: Time to check your settings
      TechExpert21
    • they should have not do that

      @zwhittaker
      very old tech for a new social interaction
      sure i m gonna use it
      RE: Facebook's photo facial recognition enabled: Time to check your settings
      TechExpert21
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      TechExpert21
    • RE: Facebook's photo facial recognition enabled: Time to check your settings

      @zwhittaker of course we should have the right to opt out. What is Facebook's real motive here? <a title="texas real estate attorney" href="http://kellylegalgroup">texas real estate attorney</a>
      esm2012
  • I Like This Feature

    I've found this auto-tag feature to be useful. I don't really care about the privacy concerns here. They could already do this in the background (and probably have been), but now I can actually use it to my advantage. If you are concerned about your privacy, don't put photos on Facebook or, better yet, don't sign up in the first place.
    gotamd@...
  • Errr

    Option isn't available to me.....
    Gis Bun
  • Facebook aka: Big Brothers Best Friend

    Don't you think it's funny our government can't even obtain this kind of information about it's citizens without a court order, but facebook and other social networking site have been given the latitude? Why not, for the government it'll be like going to the library and avoid dealing with the ACLU, Lawsuits, etc., Wait is this the facebook that has like buttons all over the web and can track your whereabouts? Not the same facebook that bowed to china, and doesn't allow it's chinese users to talk about politics and religion is it? OnlyMeWorld.com the new alternative to facebook.
    OnlyMeWorld.com
  • RE: Facebook's photo facial recognition enabled: Time to check your settings

    And when will we have the option to "STOP" people from downloading our private photos????? My son died recently and people I don't know have stolen family photos.... Personal memories... So now I have a few albums that are only open to my daughter and myself. But a "restrict download" option would be PERFECT.......
    johannachristou
  • Who's Benefit

    Will they protect us and our rightful identity or protect their rights. To me, it is a government recognition program. When years ago under Bush all the military personel data seemed to have been lost. Yell, right, an employee took it home in error......My 8 year old son laughed and said, "that is a kid trick." This is an opportunity for the gov grant program to give them funds to enhanced this program. Go to the airport, they have your face scan. In a bank, they have your face scan even under a mask. Big brother
    revruc1
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