Notes taken by: Theresa Payton, Fortalice, LLC.
Also featured on WBTV's Protecting Your Cyberturf with Kristen Miranda and Theresa Payton
We have talked to you before about the cool yet scary accuracy of facial recognition software being used on photos. What used to look like a Sci-Fi movie is now available in our social networking tools like Facebook. But, until now, most people couldn’t hold up their smart phone, look at you, and get a name match.
For now at least take heart – this technology is in the hands of the good guys, law enforcement. The new technology is a combo of software and a small device that attaches to an iphone and allows a law enforcement professional to snap a picture of a face up to 5 feet away and do a name search against criminal databases. In some cases, they can do an iris scan to do a search. WBTV’s cyber expert, Theresa Payton, explains what you need to know and her concerns about your privacy if this falls into the wrong hands.
ONE HELPFUL TIP:
Social networking sites: Pay attention to the photos that you identify yourself in and your privacy settings
FACEBOOK USERS: Check Facebook in the Privacy Settings under https://www.facebook.com/settings/?tab=privacy&ref=mb and look at “How Tags Work”, Choose “Edit” Settings and decide how much privacy you want
ORGANIZATIONS YOU CAN TRACK FOR MORE INFORMATION OR FILE A COMPLAINT:
FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: The FTC is holding a conference later this year. They have posted information regarding what they will cover, including the privacy implications of facial recognition technology, at: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2011/09/facialrec.shtm or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU: http://www.bbb.org/
ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION: http://www.eff.org/
PRIVACY RIGHTS CLEARINGHOUSE: https://www.privacyrights.org/