Facebook Changes: “Your Facebook Profile Photo May Be Used in its Facial Recognition Tech”
Facebook changed its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities today to reflect new ways the social network can use your data. One of those ways? The network may now use your profile photos as more fodder for its facial recognition technology.
It also added clearer language about how third parties can use your public information saying, “We may enable access to public information that has been shared through out service, or allow service providers to access information so they can help us provide services.”
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The possible move, which Facebook revealed in an update to its data use policy on Thursday, is intended to improve the performance of its “Tag Suggest” feature. The feature uses facial recognition technology to speed up the process of labeling or “tagging” friends and acquaintances who appear in photos posted on the network.
Egan said Facebook was not currently using facial recognition technology for any other features, but that could change.
“Can I say that we will never use facial recognition technology for any other purposes? Absolutely not,” Egan said. But, she noted, “if we decided to use it in different ways we will continue to provide people transparency about that and we will continue to provide control.”
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