A New Kind Of Secure! Facebook Unveils Facial Recognition

Facebook face recognition tool can now find untagged

"Once a person turns off face recognition we delete their template completely", Facebook's spokesperson said.

Facebook already offers a related form of notification for those tagged in other people's photos.

The good folks over at Facebook are back, this time around unleashing something new to keep things a little more 'secure.' Today Facebook Unveils Facial Recognition, doing so in an attempt to protect users from privacy attacks. Users will need to change it to "Friends", and the Photo Review will be turned on. This will happen even if you don't know that person as long as the uploader has included you in the audience group of those photos from his or her privacy settings.

"If you're in a photo and are part of the audience for that post, we'll notify you, even if you haven't been tagged", Candela said in a blog post.

Now that more and more tech companies are moving towards facial recognition technology, it can feel hard to escape the inevitable: that we have to trust these tech corporations with our faces, fingerprints, and more.

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Users will be able to keep track of all of their recognized photos on Facebook, even those they're not tagged in, from the new Photo Review section of one's profile. "We thought it was important to have a really straightforward way of controlling facial recognition technology", he said.

Spoiler alert: Those expecting a company that celebrates its facial recognition capabilities to answer, "Yes, be afraid", will be sorely disappointed.

Privacy experts argue that since Facebook is poised to beef up its facial recognition powers, it should also become more transparent about such decisions. After switching it on, it will recognize your photos on Facebook and will notify you.

Facebook will soon roll out these new features in all the countries where Facebook is used except in Canada and the European Union where the social networking giant now doesn't offer facial recognition technology.

Facebook declined to comment beyond pointing to its law enforcement guidelines and Government Requests Report.

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