Facial recognition technology has been causing quite a stir for a while now. While some are paranoid about it, others find it to be useful, life changing even. Well, now there’s a new website to be either paranoid or thrilled about. PimEyes allows you to upload just one photo of a person, and it will analyze the internet to see where else this person’s photos have been published.
After releasing it in Ireland in 2019, Facebook is now expanding the feature that lets you upload your photos and videos directly to Google Photos. Starting today, users in the U.S. and Canada will have this option available, which should make it faster and more convenient to transfer your data between different services.
Some people like capturing candid moments hoping to take some artistic and meaningful shots. Others want to preserve precious memories, so they grab their camera or phone during the very creation of those memories. And yet others are “doing it for the Gram,” shooting every single moment of their lives.
I have nothing against either of them. In fact, I sometimes belong to each of these groups. However, I believe that many people are crossing the line between saving memories for themselves and ruining them for everyone else. You may be doing it as well and not even being aware of it. So, I hope you’ll to read this article and reconsider your use of a phone or camera in certain situations.
Always be careful what you put in “the cloud”, people. Google Photos is facing yet another controversy as Google reveals that a “technical issue” may have included your videos in somebody else’s export download archive. Google faced a similar issue last year with Vu Android TVs that were showing other peoples photos.
After gathering more than one billion users on the platform, Instagram has finally decided check their age. Therefore, all new users who sign up will be required to enter their birth date. The social media giant claims that this will “prevent underage people from joining Instagram” and help to “build a safer experience for the youngest members.”
Facebook has launched a new tool that lets you easily transfer all your photos and videos straight to Google Photos. The feature is only available in Ireland for now, but it will soon be rolled out globally, too.
I’m sure that your Facebook feed has been flooded with portraits of your friends looking old in the past few weeks. FaceApp has lately been all the rage, but at the same time, the popular app has raised some privacy concerns. Are the photos stored somewhere? Are they sold to third parties? Can they be used to identify you? These are only some of the questions users have been asking, and FaceApp has now responded to them.
Every once in a while, a “fun” website or app that requires us to upload a photo of ourselves goes viral. In 2015, it was Microsoft’s How-Old.net, which would guess your age based on a selfie. It turned out to be a showcase for Microsoft’s facial recognition technology.
Facebook’s always at the centre of some privacy controversy or other these days. Programmer Edin Jusupovic, spotted something rather odd recently when looking at a hex dump of an image file of unknown origin. After doing a little investigation, it appears to be IPTC “Special Instructions” injected into the image by Facebook.
This header is then kept with the file, as it gets downloaded and reposted around the web. This data seems to have been around since at least 2015, but it seems to have largely gone unnoticed. Now, though, it’s seeing renewed interest in light of recent events and it presents, in Jusupovic’s words, a “shocking level of tracking”.
Back in January current year, a picture agency used a helicopter to fly over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s home and take photos. This invaded the couple’s privacy and safety so much, that they reportedly had to move out after the images were published in multiple outlets.