Facebook puts you in the picture ... quietly
Published 08/06/2011 | 17:01
Facebook is caught up in a fresh privacy row after it switched on technology that covertly identifies people in photos.
“Tag Suggestions” uses facial recognition software to identify users as photos are uploaded and then encourages their friends to tag them, so that others can easily access the images.
Facebook originally began testing Tag Suggestions in the US late last year, but has now extended it to “most” of the dominant social network’s 600 million users worldwide - without notice.
“Yet again, it feels like Facebook is eroding the online privacy of its users by stealth,” said Graham Cluley, of the internet security firm Sophos.
“Many people feel distinctly uncomfortable about a site like Facebook learning what they look like, and using that information without their permission.”