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Face Recognition Coming To Social Nets

Face Recognition Software (FRS) is a computer program that can compare your features against
a stored image or video in a database. Right now there are groups testing how effective FRS is
to identify a user's features. FRS will be able to find your Facebook profile and help you login.
Studies conducted at Carnegie Mellon University proved that FRS can recognize a face and match
a person to his Facebook profile inside 3 seconds. What FRS brings to social sites like Facebook,
MSN, Youtube, Google+, Twitter, and others is the ability to recognize you no matter where in the
world you access their sites from.

With increased web speeds and the constant move toward the cloud this becomes quite alarming
to lawful citizens. We agree that it is alright for those who keep our borders safe like the FBI,
Border Guards, Coast Guard, Customs Agents, and Visa Granting Officials to use FRS to identify
possible threats before they enter the country to enact any harm. In cases like these it is alright to
sacrifice privacy to insure security for our homes and family. One more way in which FRS is well
employed is by the FBI to track sexual offenders to keep them distant from our children. These
are some good uses for Face Recognition tools.

FRS Is Coming To A Home Near You

The few cases listed above are okay for most of us. What we have some qualms about is to have
the Face Recognition tools identify us in the middle of our kitchen, our family room, or even our
bed room, on social nets. This is going way too far with the options presented by a faster and
more powerful web. Can you see the impact of what we are trying to convey here?

FRS usage becomes especially alarming when you realize that one of the scenarios being
planned is to add FRS to search engines. Google for example has gone and bought out at least
three firms that develop Face Recognition tools. In the meantime Facebook has decided that all
main profile pictures and names of people with Facebook accounts will be treated as public.
What this means is that when you sign up for a Facebook account and you use your real name
and picture you surrender control over your identity and your privacy. Is making more of our
personal data public a thing we are willing to agree with?

Nothing To Hide?

Some of you may say that if you have nothing to hide you won't need to worry. However, once
FRS is widely spread no one can assure it wont fall in the hands of the criminal segments of
society. Once FRS falls under control of criminal minds no one can guess what scenarios they
can influence to steal your privacy, your identity, and the fruits of your labor.

Famous people like film stars and sports idols won't be able to protect their privacy from FRS. But
for the rest of us who want to keep our privacy safe it is very doable.

Protecting Your Privacy

What can you do to protect your privacy? The most secure way of all is to not join any social
networks at all. But, with the number of people joining Facebook, Twitter, and other social web
sites reaching millions daily that's out of the question. But seriously, here are some things you can
do to protect your privacy while you are on social sites:

Remove you picture from your profiles
Use a nickname, not your real name
Keep your address and phone number private
Keep your date of birth private
The major social sites can expect to make billions from using FRS. However, for the rest of us it
only means a loss of control over our identity and privacy.

Summary

If you are concerned about losing control of your personal identity to social sites using Face
Recognition tools you can start to protect your data by using the tips in this article. It is possible
that the social sites won't let you sign up unless you give them the ability to use your personal
data. If that happens all that is required is for enough people to care about privacy loss to force
them to reconsider. The way we see it, a social network won't be very social if they lose the
"social" from their name. If they fail to reconsider they risk losing a large percent of their "social"
base.

If you want to see what FRS can do from your own home you can download a free copy of
Google's own Picasa Face Recognition tool from http://picasa.google.com/. After you try it you
can decide if FRS is a threat to your privacy or a thing you are willing to live with while you surf the
web.

Resources:
Popular Mechanics: Putting a Name to A Face,
http://www.popularmechanics.co.za/article/putting-a-name-to-the-face-2011-12-01




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Description: Face Recognition Software (FRS) is a computer program that can compare your features against a stored image or video in a database. Right now there are groups testing how effective FRS is to identify a user's features. FRS will be able to find your Facebook profile and help you login