Facebook facial recognition capabilities improving

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Facebook recently announced that they are buying Face.com.  Facebook already uses their technology but now they can take facial recognition to a  whole new level.

Facebook has one of the largest photo databases in the world now as people post, upload, and share photos of everything to their dog, cat, vacation spot, and family reunions.

Today, Facebook tries to determine if the photos belong to Facebook users.  It sounds innocent enough, you upload a picture and the system helpfully suggests who it is.

WBTV's cyber expert, Theresa Payton says while the productivity is fun, she is concerned for your security and privacy:


1.  Security and Privacy Concerns:  Facebook's software isn't just about placing a name with a face.  If you think about how people use the like button, connect to groups, connect to each other, a tagged photo gives additional context.  Hackers would love to have this information about you.

2.   Turning it "off":  You cannot stop Facebook's facial recognition software.  It's just there.  However, you can tune the settings so Facebook will not suggest you to your friends and you can make the system ask your permission before tagging you in a photo.

Go to "privacy settings"

Choose "Timeline and tagging" and choose "edit settings"

Where the option says, "Who sees tag suggestions when photos that look like you are uploaded?" to "No one".

Don't forget, when it comes to Facebook and many other social media platforms, you typically have to "opt out" of their policy to be wide open with your information!


To see the full report on teen behaviors online click here.

McAfee also did a blog post about this study here.

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