I’ve reported before: I’m not anti-Facebook, but I’m also not a huge fan, either. Yes, I have a page. But I do not use that page to discuss my business or my clients. I’m also fairly sure the world isn’t all that interested in my daily activities, what I had for breakfast and any other personal drama. I don’t fault the developers of Facebook for making this possible. My larger “complaint” is with users who somewhat blindly accept the technology without understanding the ramifications of what they do and say. Here’s an article reprinted (with permission) from a weekly newsletter published by Oakley Signs and Graphics. If it doesn’t scare you it ought to make you nervous.
Privacy Alert: Facebook Photo Tagging
Opt-out of Facebook’s face-recognition software now.
Recently Facebook began using a face-recognition algorhythm to try and “find” you in photos your friends have taken and posted online. Once Facebook thinks it’s found you, it recommends your friend “tag” you in the photo. Being tagged in a photo associates your name with the photo (and even links to your Facebook page, once tagged).
This might not sound like a big deal… until a friend happens to upload a candid picture of you unwinding that you’d rather not have pasted all over the internet.
The good news? You can opt-out of this setting. For a video tutorial on how to turn this “feature” off, check out this original article by Whitson Gordon on Lifehacker.com:
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Ironically today’s Bangor Daily News is carrying a story about a scam in Maine involving somebody who seems to have a fair amount of personal information about the people he’s calling… Gee, I wonder where he’s getting it?