Facebook's Facial recognition software is about to raise some privacy concerns. The social network company, not shy of its privacy controversies have once again put themselves in the spotlight.
As of now, it's facial recognition software can sense who is in your pictures and make tagging suggestions. Facebook’s recent acquisition of facial-recognition software company Face.com for an undisclosed amount of money last week, has some users expressing concerns whether this type of technology on the social network could encroach privacy rights.
Facebook hasn't said what its future plans for Face.com are. But they've been using it for about a year and a half already. The acquisition — which is rumored to cost $60 million — won’t even close for a few weeks.
“It’s also possible that this could open up doors for advertisers to target users in new ways based on what they are doing in pictures,” Wisniewski said. “But this would raise even more security concerns moving forward.”
There isn’t a privacy setting to prevent Facebook from collecting facial-recognition data from right now, but you can opt out of the site auto-suggesting in pictures. Which I highly suggest. What if you were caught just in the background? Awkward?
Do you think Facebook is taking the right approach to the technology? How else could they improve on it and what are your thoughts on its use and possible intrusion of privacy for not privacy settings savvy Facebook users?