Giant Social Networking website, Facebook has planned to use your Facebook profile photos for its facial recognition technology. Facebook will use its user’s profile pics to its facial recognition database to speed up the process of photo tagging. According to Facebook’s Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan “Our goal is to facilitate tagging so that people know when there are photos of them on our service,”.
Facebook is doing this to improve its “tag suggest” feature which automatically tags a person in a photo using its new facial recognition technology. With this new technology, Facebook facial recognition will automatically recognize a user face by comparing their face with the previously uploaded photos in which the user was tagged. However Facebook has also confirmed that if user doesn’t like it then they can “opt out” of this “new tag suggest feature” or they can also remove tags identifying them in photos, which was posted by other users on the site.
Facebook says that for now it will not use facial recognition technology for any other features but they can use in future in a controlled manner!!
“Can I say that we will never use facial recognition technology for any other purposes? Absolutely not,” Egan said. But, she noted, “if we decided to use it in different ways we will continue to provide people transparency about that and we will continue to provide control.”