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

(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.

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"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." (Read more Facebook stories.)

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