There Really Are Privacy Issues Out There; Facebook Using Facial Recognition Is Not One Of Them
from the crying-virtual-wolf dept
And what's all of the fuss about? The ability of your friends to more quickly identify you in a photo? Where is the privacy violation? There isn't any.
It doesn't run the facial recognition and identify everyone in all photos. It just means when you upload new photos, it suggests who might be in them for you to tag. The user still needs to officially do the tagging, which they could have done already. And, if it really bothers people, it's easy to turn the feature off. The whole thing is a clear moral panic, and as some people are noting, these sorts of things take attention away from actual privacy issues. On top of that, the technology is already in use in lots of other places that no one complained about. The whole thing just seems like a bunch of people getting angry over something they don't understand... which makes it perfect for a bit of XtraNormal video action, and Kashmir Hill delivers an excellent video highlighting the absurdity: