Look Out: Facial Recognition Goes Global on Facebook
You'll have to opt out if you don't want photos of you tagged
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 7, 2011 7:28 PM CDT
The Facebook logo.   (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, file)

(Newser) – Facebook has expanded its photo tagging system to users worldwide, reports Sophos, and the security firm's Graham Cluley sees it as more evidence that the company "is eroding the online privacy of its users by stealth." Facebook doesn't automatically tag photos of you with its facial recognition system, but it encourages your friends to do so. Users can opt out of the system through their privacy settings, and Cluley provides a how-to here.

"The onus should not be on Facebook users having to 'opt-out' of the facial recognition feature, but instead on users having to 'opt-in,'" Cluley complains. At PC World, Ed Oswald agrees. "While it is a 'convenient' feature, it should be our choice whether or not we participate in potential changes that could affect our privacy," he writes. "Some people just don't like to be tagged in every single picture of themselves—myself included. Bottom line? Facebook shouldn't be making this choice for us."

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Jun 8, 2011 12:27 AM CDT
That's why whenever I post a comment on here or anywhere else I use my Groucho Marx Face Mask.
Jun 7, 2011 9:55 PM CDT
What's really scary is that you don't have to be a Facebook user to be tagged. Once a person tags you manually, that information will be tied to your face, so every instance of your face will be recognized.
Jun 7, 2011 7:51 PM CDT
If a single one of you who rated this story 'Scary' actually have a Facebook account, you're a hypocritical douchebag who has an unwarranted sense of self-importance. "I want everything done for me in every way...except ways which can get me into trouble". Boo hoo - if you don't want pictures of you from other users being identified as you, maybe you shouldn't let people take your picture. Maybe you shouldn't upload any photos of you on Facebook. Maybe you should kill yourself.