Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob
VISIT OUR OTHER SITES: THE AWESOMER | 95OCTANE

Like Us on Facebook

Technabob is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.
As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Disclosure.

Viewdle Facial Recognition Phone App Tags Faces, Spits on Privacy in Real Time

 |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  January 10, 2011


A start-up company called Viewdle showed off some interesting smartphone software at CES. Their app can recognize faces in real time and automatically tag them, using either data from social networks or a user-created database from videos and photos on the phone itself.  Obviously it’ll take care of the hassle of manually tagging new photos, but the app may be made to work in reverse as well – “the goal is then to link these names with social networks and other online sources, so that their latest tweet or Linked In job title can appear beneath their image”. So by “interesting” I actually meant creepy.

viewdle facial recognition software

The latter feature seems harmless – the fact that the data comes from a person’s social network account means he should know that other people can access it anyway. What concerns me is the automatic tagging bit. If this thing really works, people may will get tagged and caught on camera without them knowing. Sure, if they were doing something illegal then fine, they had it coming, but what if you don’t want to be tagged and identified?  I don’t know about other social networks but Facebook allows users to tag even people who don’t have a Facebook account, and can opt not to tell these people that they’ve been tagged. Who knows where photos with such essential metadata could end up once they’re sent online?

Once this thing gets released, be wary of anyone with a smartphone. So be wary of everyone.

[via Technology Review]



Big Bus Tows Little Bus

Big Bus Tows Little Bus

Barcode Skateboarding

Barcode Skateboarding

Making Packages Invisible

Making Packages Invisible

Bentley Bentayga to Get Optional Carbon Fiber Wheels

Bentley Bentayga to Get Optional Carbon Fiber Wheels

Callaway Chevy Silverado SC602 Gains a Supercharger and Keeps its Warranty

Callaway Chevy Silverado SC602 Gains a Supercharger and Keeps its Warranty

Subaru Will Reveal the New 2022 WRX on August 19

Subaru Will Reveal the New 2022 WRX on August 19

Advertisement