Google+ Launches “Find My Face”: Time To Hide?

Do you need a mask to protect your privacy?

Have you heard of “Find My Face”? It’s a new feature on Google+ that brings new capabilities for facial recognition. Sound like Facebook ? Well it sure is similar. But unlike rival social networking site Facebook, Google decided to make this feature opt-in.

How does it work?  Under the Google+ Settings page there is a section labeled Photos. Here you will find an option to check “Find my Face”. Once checked, Google will prompt you to tag yourself when users post photos of you. How do they do this? By creating a model of you face from your photos.

Of course, you still have the option to accept or reject the tag. Whew. Thank goodness for that. Now I don’t have to worry about that one from last year’s Christmas party where I’m wearing the lampshade… since I’d never do that again anyways. But the photos of my parent’s 40th wedding anniversary are even easier to share thanks to “Find My Face”.

But what do Google+ users think? Is collecting personal information like this helping you become more social or a threat to your privacy? With over 40-million users since its September launch, I bet there’s a lot to be heard. So the ball’s in your court. What do you think of facial recognition functionality in Google+?

Samantha Shah

As a secret nerd, Samantha keeps close tabs on trends, threats, and headlines in IT security to keep you safe from the bad guys. She believes knowledge is power, so Samantha is always on the lookout for new ideas, tips, and best practices to challenge convention and inspire change.