The 45,000-plus developers that previously used facial-recognition application-programming interfaces from Face.com and saw those APIs shuttered after the company was acquired by Facebook may have an alternative via startup Lambda Labs.
McAfee Tuesday officially announced the launch of a free public beta version of McAfee Social Protection, a new Facebook application and browser plugin that displays users’ Facebook photos as blurs, which can only be displayed properly once users’ friends have installed McAfee Social Protection.
Europeans are growing increasingly suspicious of Facebook’s facial-recognition efforts. Earlier this month, Norway announced that it is looking into the legality of the social network’s technology. Now, Germany is doing the same. Data-protection officials in Germany worry that Facebook is compiling a photo database of users without their consent, so they are reopening their investigation.
Facebook’s facial-recognition feature is coming under scrutiny in another country, as the Norwegian Data Protection Agency said it will launch an investigation this fall and speak with the social network about the technology behind it.
If you begin to see blurry photos on Facebook sometime around the end of August, before you make an appointment with the eye doctor, you might want to find out if your friends have installed McAfee Social Protection, a new Facebook application from McAfee and Intel.
Not everyone was excited when Facebook acquired facial recognition software company Face.com. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), the radio host-turned-politician, called a hearing Wednesday to discuss issues regarding facial recognition. In particular, he didn’t care for Facebook’s opt-in by default setting and what it means for privacy.
Following its acquisition by Facebook last month, Israeli-based facial recognition site Face.com is shuttering its own products, including its application-programming interfaces and Klik iPhone application, to focus on the social network.
Facebook’s acquisition of facial-recognition firm Face.com earlier this week rekindled concerns about the social network’s use of facial-recognition technology, which has come under fire in the past. While the feature cannot be turned off altogether, there are ways to limit its use.