Big Brother Needs Your Help!
Every time you tag a person in a photo on Facebook you are helping Big Brother solve one of his toughest and most pressing problems: How to identify anyone from any picture of him or her. Here's why you might want to stop tagging, and steps to keep others from tagging you...
Should You Stop Tagging People In Facebook Pics?
Every time someone tags you in a photo they make it easier for Facebook or anyone else to build a dossier of your activities and hangouts outside of Facebook. Tagging expands the surveillance state vastly and in ways Big Brother could not use without citizens’ unwitting help.
All by themselves, authorities face two big challenges to facial recognition. The first is a function of the technology’s accuracy rate and probability theory. The second is a matter of scale: how many identified pictures of people do you have?
In a one-on-one matchup of a random photo of you and the identified photo on your driver’s license, there is a 95 percent probability that facial recognition tech will correctly identify the random photo as one of you. But when comparing one photo to many, the probability of a successful match plummets rapidly; it is a multiplicative function of multiple attempts, not just a linear additive function.
The second problem is getting everyone into a database of identified photos, and getting lots of different identified photos of each person. Obviously, the probability of finding a person in a database is better the more different people you have in the database. The probability of a given photo matching one of several of the same person increases if the pool of potential match-ups includes various angles, clothing, lighting effects, and so on.
A Billion Worker Bees
Big Brother cannot easily solve these problems by himself. But when a billion Facebook users busily upload and tag pictures of themselves and others in various settings, both of BB’s problems get solved fast and for free. Right this minute, Facebook has the largest biometric database in the world, and it is not secure from government intrusion.
So stop tagging people in photos on Facebook, and don’t let people tag you. The first recommendation is easy to follow, the second takes a bit of work now and then. These four steps will maximize your "facial privacy" when it comes to tagging on Facebook:
How to Limit Facebook Tagging
First, log in to your Facebook account, then click the little gear icon, near the top right of the page. On the dropdown menu, select Account Settings. Over in the left-hand sidebar, click on Notifications. Under What you get notified about you will find Tags. Click on the Edit link at the right end of that line. You want to be notified when "Anyone" tags you.
Back on the sidebar you will find Timeline and Tagging. Enable the Review tags people add to your own posts before the tags appear on Facebook? option. This gives you the ability to approve any tags that friends make, before they appear on Facebook.
The next option is: When you're tagged in a post, who do you want to add to the audience if they aren't already in it? Set this to "Only me".
And finally, there's Who sees tag suggestions when photos that look like you are uploaded? Set this to "No one".
Now tagging is squelched as much as Facebook will allow. Hopefully, that will be sufficient. The best thing you can do is stop tagging, tell everyone who tags you to stop, and block anyone who does not respect your privacy.
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This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 5 Nov 2013
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