Destroying Your Children’s Facebook Facial Recognition Privacy Horrors (1 Problem/1 Solution)

The Situation:  FB now can use ALL your ads for their marketing purposes

The Problem:  Your cute pictures of your 3 year old is fair game

The Solution: Don’t be stupid with your private photo sharing.

Did you recently hear the furor about how Facebook has updated its privacy policies to basically say,

“Yo!  No matter what you post, we have permission to use it in our advertising!”

It’s rather un-nerving, to say the least.  The news has been rife with it:

But it’s this article from:

that really brings this whole privacy thing into perspective.  To wit:

“…Last week, Facebook updated its privacy policy again. It reads in part: “We are able to suggest that your friend tag you in a picture by scanning and comparing your friend’s pictures to information we’ve put together from your profile pictures and the other photos in which you’ve been tagged.” Essentially, this means that with each photo upload, Kate’s parents are, unwittingly, helping Facebook to merge her digital and real worlds. Algorithms will analyze the people around Kate, the references made to them in posts, and over time will determine Kate’s most likely inner circle.

The problem is that Facebook is only one site. With every status update, YouTube video, and birthday blog post, Kate’s parents are preventing her from any hope of future anonymity.

That poses some obvious challenges for Kate’s future self. It’s hard enough to get through puberty. Why make hundreds of embarrassing, searchable photos freely available to her prospective homecoming dates? If Kate’s mother writes about a negative parenting experience, could that affect her ability to get into a good college? We know that admissions counselors review Facebook profiles and a host of other websites and networks in order to make their decisions.

There’s a more insidious problem, though, which will haunt Kate well into the adulthood. Myriad applications, websites, and wearable technologies are relying on face recognition today, and ubiquitous bio-identification is only just getting started….MORE…

Scared yet?

Do you have children?  Friends?  Parties?  Images you would love to share…that are now being tagged with facial recognition?

If so, you simply HAVE to consider the importance of the data-mining going on.  Sure, you might be beset by an insane desire to share all of your loved ones’ images…. but now think.

At what future cost?

The Solution:  Don’t Use Facebook as a digital scrapbook.

If you *have* to share images of your family online, use another site that doesn’t assume the rights to your images as advertising.

Create a private free website from

Password it and share that password only with those whom you want to see it.

I am sure there are other sites that make this easier but for right now… who is to say when their privacy options will change?  But if you’re willing to gamble, you can check out:

In closing:

EVERY photo you put on Facebook can be used to gather data about you, your children and more.

So be wise about just what you choose to share online.

Grow strong,

Barbara Ling


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