Facebook is always up to new things, and one of the latest tools is their facial recognition feature that suggests people to “tag” in the photo.
For example, when creating an album and uploading photos, the facial recognition feature will capture the faces of the people in the album and offer Facebook friends to tag. With this new software, facial recognition data is collected and the company is free to use the images.
Connecticut Attorney General George Jespen raised concerns about this issue and said that it was a breach of online privacy. He said that users should be allowed to opt out of this feature and if chosen to do so, the facial recognition data that was collected would be deleted.
Facebook of course defended the software, saying that it would not be used for marketing or commercial purposes. Even so, the company agreed with the Attorney General and said that they ultimately want users to feel comfortable and secure when using the site.
By allowing more features such as these, users have the chance to use the software they find beneficial and opt out of the features they don’t. By taking these proactive steps, users also hope this will help weed out fake or imposter profiles.
Fake profiles have been increasing on Facebook, and some people have had negative experiences where their own material has been stolen to set up the Facebook page. When an account is reported as a fake, Facebook puts it on restrictions until the phone number and other information is verified.
Although just about everyone has a Facebook page, it’s still important to monitor what is posted and to keep a constant watch on changing security settings.