Facebook's facial recognition now finds photos you're untagged in

Facebook's facial recognition now finds photos you're untagged in

Facebook announced on Tuesday that it is releasing a new feature that uses facial recognition to determine when a photo of you has been uploaded, even if you weren't tagged. "We always respect the privacy setting people select when posting a photo on Facebook (whether that's friends, public, or a custom audience), so you won't receive a notification if you're not in the audience", the blog post says. This builds on Facebook's automatic alt-text tool that reads off a photo's details, including who posted it and when, and describes what's in the photo to those with vision limitations. Whether it's an unauthorizied photo of you that you want taken off Facebook, an embarassing pic you don't want tagged but want to monitor comments on, or someone trying to pretend to be you, Photo Review gives people more visibility into how their likeness is used.

Although impressive, the technology has raised concerns and data protection laws across the European Union, which ban processing of an individual's sensitive personal data without their explicit permission, mean that the update will not make it to the UK. Users can turn on/off this one setting to enable/disable all face recognition related features on Facebook for their account.

It will also alert you when your face shows up in profile photos.

The new facial recognition features will be available in your settings soon, but not in Canada or the European Union where Facebook does not offer facial recognition.

The new features are launching worldwide except in Canada and the European Union where Facebook now doesn't offer facial recognition technology. The company's use of face recognition technology in the past has raised privacy concerns.

Facebook's facial recognition now finds photos you're untagged in
Facebook's facial recognition now finds photos you're untagged in

The point of all this, according to Facebook, is to offer better privacy settings for people who use the service.

Facebook wants to make sure you know about and control the photos of you people upload, even if they don't tag you.

A Facebook spokesperson said these lawsuits had nothing to do with Facebook's new features.

"We want people to feel confident when they post pictures of themselves on Facebook so we'll soon begin using face recognition technology to let people know when someone else uploads a photo of them as their profile picture".

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