June 14, 2011 Leave a comment
Facebook lost 6 million US members last month alone, while Canada lost 1.5 million members. UK, Russia, and Norway have all lost more than 100,000 members last month. I bet it has a lot to do with the new facial recognition privacy issues Facebook is facing right now. Check out these links (here and here) to see how controversial the facial recognition thing is. The EU has begun investigating it.
So go the reactions to a feature on Facebook that uses facial recognition technology to help users tag their photos. It has people so upset, in fact, that it’s just sparked a probe from European Union privacy regulators.
The uproar revolves around a feature that’s been around since December, so the technology itself isn’t particularly new. But regulators are only getting upset about it now after a Sophosreport pointed out that Facebook has recently turned the setting on by default, apparently continuing the social network’s habit of encroaching on user privacy without asking for permission.
Except this time, the complaints seem to be about issues that aren’t new — and humans are still very much involved in deciding who gets tagged.
In case you’re wondering if this feature is dangerous, Facebook has this to say when you try to disable the feature. Read it and see if you’re comfortable enough with it:
This feature uses a comparison of photos you’re tagged in to suggest that friends tag you in new photos.
You’re always in control of your tags on Facebook:
- Only friends can tag you in photos
- We’ll notify you when a friend has tagged you
- You can remove a friend’s tag at any time
- Tag suggestions are based only on photos you’ve allowed yourself to be tagged in
This video shows you how to disable it if you want to: