Those of you who use Facebook (some 700m+ to date), will probably not know that Facebook has now rolled out their facial recognition authentication technology. Facial recognition was launched in the US last year where I posted about Facebook offering an OPT-OUT for facial recognition.
Facial recognition (and photo tagging) will be by default set to “Enabled”, so you will have to change this in your Privacy Settings (see below). US users have been alerted about the introduction of facial recognition, but European and other users have not. Well, not yet anyway.
Here is how you disable facial recognition / photo tagging:
- Go to your Facebook account’s privacy settings
- Click on “Customise settings”
- Under “Things others share” you should see an option titled “Suggest photos of me to friends. When photos look like me, suggest my name”
- Click on “Edit settings”
- Change it to “Disabled”
- Press “OK” and that’s it, you are done!
Do you also really want Facebook to trawl through “your” photo albums and look for ‘facial’ pictures of people you know and don’t know? More worrying for us is if you take some photos of people you don’t know and comment on them – they may also appear as tagged. So don’t say anything you shouldn’t about someone you don’t know! This is really too much too far.
Once you’re personal information is on Facebook – Facebook owns everything (this is also applicable to most social networks). The data can be cached, archived, used for marketing purposes and used to map your Internet behaviour. In the end it is up to you to decide whether you use Facebook and how much information you upload.
Safe surfing folks!