Facebook’s Face Recognition Problem
People are once again complaining about privacy issues against Facebook. This time around it’s regarding the social network’s face recognition feature. This feature can automatically tag friends in photos via matching the face to a database.
Facebook’s face recognition can save time when you want to tag your friends in the photos you just uploaded. But people don’t like that it is by default turned on. Facebook allows its users to opt out of getting automatically tagged by friends but your face remains in the database.
This has always been Facebook’s problem when it launches a new feature to the site. It would be ideal if Facebook lets the users opt in the new features rather than setting them on by default. But with the social nature of the site, opt-in would be harder to implement.
Facebook could have offered people to opt in to the photo recognition database but it would be likely that only a few would turn the feature on. The goal of the facial recognition feature is to tag the friends in a photo without doing manual work. When friends didn’t have the feature on, it would defeat the purpose of the new feature. Facebook’s privacy problems will continue as long as it deploys new features to the site.