Published: Wed, December 20, 2017
Research | By Clarence Powell

Facebook using facial recognition to find photos you're not tagged in

Facebook using facial recognition to find photos you're not tagged in

Starting today, however, the social media juggernaut will expand on how it uses the technology by notifying you when someone uploads pictures with you in them, even if you weren't tagged in them. Users will then have the option of tagging themselves, remaining untagged or reaching out to the person who posted the photo if there are concerns.

However, the company says it respects the privacy settings which its users decide on when posting the photo, and therefore, if you're not in the audience set by the person uploading the picture, you won't be notified that you've possibly appeared in that person's photo.

Managing your identity on Facebook will soon be a bit easier thanks to facial recognition.

This would allow Facebook to implement more features that use facial recognition, such as account recovery, though that remains to be seen.

Have you ever wondered how many photos of you are floating around Facebook without your knowledge?

"Our technology analyzes the pixels in photos you're already tagged in and generates a string of numbers we call a template. We're doing this to prevent people from impersonating others on Facebook".

These new additions expand on how Facebook already uses facial recognition, which is primarily through "tag suggestions" - a feature started in 2010 that suggests which of your friends should be tagged in photos that you upload to the site. When photos and videos are uploaded to Facebook, they are compared to images in the template to determine if there is a match.

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For users who are not convinced that the multibillion-dollar corporation has their best interests at heart, Facebook is adding a simple on/off button for its facial recognition features, which users can access through their account settings.

Unfortunately, the feature is not rolling out to Canada and the European Union where Facebook doesn't now offer face recognition technology. The post is titled: " Hard Questions: Should I Be Afraid of Face Recognition Technology? .

"When it comes to face recognition, control matters".

Since you might not want Facebook's AI out there looking for you, there's also a way to turn it off.

The same technology is also being used for a new tool that supports people with visual impairments.

Facebook says the feature is rolling out now, except in Canada and the EU. Apple replaced its fingerprint reader with a facial recognition camera to unlock its latest iPhone, and also uses facial recognition to sort photos.

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