Thursday, June 9, 2011

Apple's patent, annoying, Facebook's new technology, scary!

Recently there was a lot of conversation around Apple's newest patent that will allow theaters and concert venues to turn of your phone's record function via infrared technology. Of course people were upset since Apple is wanting to be big brother for the movie and music industries but what Facebook is getting ready to release is downright scary!

Facebook will now look at the pictures you upload and use facial recognition software to automatically associate other Facebook users with that picture.

Many Facebook users are already concern since the technology has been rolled out the past few days without any notice. You can opt out but that only prevents your photos from being scanned while you are still susceptible to being scanned in other user's photos. Photos that are currently on Facebook cannot be scanned but as new ones are uploaded they will have the scan feature.

The Los Angeles Times reports that "The Electronic Privacy Information Center, based in Washington, D.C., said Wednesday that it plans to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission raising concerns over Facebook's new "tag suggestions" feature which allow users to identify people across multiple photos at once using facial-recognition software."

Users continue to entrust Facebook with their personal data and Facebook continues to disrespect the relationship of it's users. It was only a short while ago that Mark Zuckerburg was getting in trouble for automatically changing Facebook's user's privacy settings without their permission.

I don't believe Zuckerburg is trying to tick off every user but his disregard to how policy effects peeople will continue to tarnish the Facebook brand.

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