Facebook Becomes Even More Intrusive by Asking Users to Map Their Face

Rachel Hardy
December 22, 2017

Currently, facial recognition features on Facebook are not yet allowed in Canada or Europe, although they are in the United States. Our technology analyzes the pixels in photos you're already tagged in and generates a string of numbers we call a template.

People gave us feedback that they would find it easier to manage face recognition through a simple setting, so we're pairing these tools with a single "on/off" control.

Facebook is about to literally live up to its name as a new series of facial recognition algorithms can now track a person's face across the platform even if that face was not tagged at least once.

Given that Facebook can recognize your likeness without you being tagged, it would seem to be possible that the company could offer a setting through which users could choose to have photos of themselves pre-emptively barred from being posted at all.

Tech companies are putting in place a variety of functions using facial recognition technology, despite fears about how the facial data could be used.

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First of all, you need to change the "Tag suggestions" which is by default to no one.

Facebook will use facial recognition software to alert users when they appear in other people's photos, even when they are not tagged. Facebook Photo Review gives users more control over their photos and prevents people's pictures from misuse on Facebook.

Facebook users will be able to tag themselves in images posted elsewhere in the social network, or express concerns about pictures to people who post them, according to Candela. "Two years ago, we launched an automatic alt-text tool, which describes photos to people with vision loss".

When photos of you are uploaded, even if you aren't friends with the person adding them, Facebook will notify you. "When photos and videos are uploaded to our systems, we compare those images to the template", said Rob Sherman, deputy chief privacy officer in his statement. And just in time for alcohol-laden holiday parties, you can also be notified if someone in your friend network has posted a compromising picture of you without explicitly tagging you. Perhaps anticipating the criticism, the company also published a blog post titled "Hard Questions: Should I Be Afraid of Face Recognition Technology?"

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