Google's Photo ID Feature Calms Privacy Fears

Security experts applaud opt-in requirement
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2011 7:52 AM CST
Updated Dec 11, 2011 7:57 AM CST
Google's Photo ID Feature Calms Privacy Fears
This screen shot shows a page from Google Plus.    (AP Photo)

Google has quietly launched a facial recognition service for Google+, but unlike Facebook's more intrusive photo ID feature, Google is earning praise from privacy experts for keeping Find My Face an opt-in feature, reports eWeek. Like Facebook's Tag Suggestions, which launched about a year ago, Find My Face examines photos on Google+ and tries to identify the people in them. "Google is not interested in making the same mistakes Facebook made," says an analyst.

Facebook received much criticism from privacy experts because its Tag Suggestions is automatically turned on, and it takes some work to opt out of the feature. Google likely has learned from its own privacy gaffes, too, such as Google Buzz, which could expose your Gmail contacts. Of course, just a few months ago Google CEO Eric Schmidt said Google would not get into facial recognition software at all, calling the technology "creepy." (Read more Google stories.)

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