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Google has refused to rule out extending controversial facial recognition technology, despite being hit by a storm of complaints over privacy. The internet search giant already offers one facial recognition feature through its Picasa photo software, which scans your pictures and suggests matches with other pictures that may include the same people.
Google's CEO Eric Schmidt would not rule out a further roll-out, saying: 'It is important that we continue to innovate.' With facial recognition a face is detected and tagged by the user. It is then rotated so that the eyes are level and scaled to a uniform size and compared with all the other pictures on the user's database. The system then displays any close matches.
There are fears this technology could be added to the Google Goggles tool, which was launched last year. This currently allows people to search for inanimate objects, like the Eiffel Tower, on the internet by taking a picture of it on a mobile phone.
However, if combined with facial recognition software, customers could use it to identify strangers on the street.
Originally posted by K J Gunderson
Just make sure you have never been photographed by anyone that is going to post their wedding photos with you tagged in the background and wear a mask in all public places. Simple.