Facebook Still Using Face Recognition in US Despite Suspending Service in Europe Over Privacy Controversy

Facial Recognition on Facebook

Facebook dropped its controversial facial recognition feature for European users following a privacy backlash from users and regulators.

Facebook terminates face recognition tool in Europe, while depleting privacy in the US (RT.com) – US social media giant Facebook is deleting facial recognition data collected from European users and plans to terminate the feature there soon. Meanwhile, the software is gaining traction in the US, attracting apps that now recognize faces in public.

When users “tag” a friend in a photo uploaded to Facebook, the service stores and remembers facial features that identify that unique individual. Facebook is then able to suggest “tags” on newly uploaded photos to match pictures with names. Since 2011, the Ireland-based Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) has led an investigation into Facebook to see if the social media giant complied with European privacy laws. Continue reading

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Your Security’s a Joke (and you’re the butt of it.)

America's National Security Complex - PATRIOTS AND PAULIES (Politics & News)

THAT MAKES NO SENSE! The National Security Complex and You

TOM ENGELHARDT (TOMDISPATCH.COM) – When my daughter was little and I read to her regularly, one illustrated book was a favorite of ours.  In a series of scenes, it described frustrating incidents in the life of a young girl, each ending with the line — which my tiny daughter would boom out with remarkable force — “that makes me mad!”  It was the book’s title and a repetitively cathartic moment in our reading lives.  And it came to mind recently as, in my daily reading, I stumbled across repetitively mind-boggling numbers from the everyday life of our National Security Complex.

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Ron Paul Ads Rack Up More YouTube Views Than The Other GOP Candidates Combined

From James Trent (Google Plus)

Are all super PAC ads created equal? Not according to Google Politics & Elections  who looked at YouTube viewer counts last March and found that Super PAC sponsored YouTube ads supporting Congressman Ron Raul are viewed more than YouTube content posted by super PACs (independent expenditure-only political action committees) for all the other GOP Presidential hopefuls combined.

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