Facebook wants you to be able to control who uploads your photos. Facebook’s facial recognition tool has been in action since 2010 and it has been both an annoyance due to its unclear settings and a benefit because you don’t have to tag each and every friend individually because Facebook will automatically suggest friends to tag with good accuracy.
Now, Facebook is taking things a step further as it will now let you in on who is uploading your photos without your permission. The update will send you a notification is someone uploads a photo with you in it as their profile picture. You can then see if the photo was actually a group photo uploaded by a friend or your photo was being used to steal your identity. This will help reduce the number of impersonators on Facebook.
“You’re in control of your image on Facebook and can make choices such as whether to tag yourself, leave yourself untagged, or reach out to the person who posted the photo if you have concerns about it.”
Another feature includes the notification if someone uploads your photo as a general post without tagging you. The difference here is that you will only be notified if it was shared publically, or you are the audience of the said photo, or it was shared in a group that you are included in. This is unlike the upper feature where you will get notified whether or not you are an audience of that profile picture.
You can opt out of these notifications by changing your privacy settings for facial recognition. The settings are not pretty straight forward with almost no chance of misunderstanding the option. There are simple yes or no questions which will help you decide whether you want Facebook’s facial recognition tool to identify your face in photos or videos or not.
If you say yes, Facebook will then look for your face in other photos based on your profile picture and the photos and videos you share on your profile.
The features will roll out over the coming weeks globally except Canada and Europe where Facebook’s facial recognition tool is prohibited by law.
Facebook’s Deputy Chief Privacy Officer Rob Sherman said, “Over time our goal is to make these features available everywhere . . . but right now we’re focusing on markets where tag suggestions are available.”