Facebook Considers Adding Profile Photos To Facial Recognition Database

In order to give Facebook users a better control over their personal information, the company considerably adding profile photos to the Facebook database. Full details about the growing facial recognition database can be cached right after this break.

Facebook is considering merging most of its 1 billion plus members’ profile photographs into its facial recognition database, expanding the source of the socail network’s controversial technology. On Thursday, Facebook possibly took this step and revealed in an update to it data use policy, which is purely intended to improve the performance of its “tag suggest” feature.


The feature supposedly uses facial recognition technology to speed up the process of labeling or “tagging” friends and acquaintances who appear in photos posted on the Facebook network. Which the technology currently identifies faces automatically in newly uploaded photos by comparing them only to previous snapshots in which users were tagged. Although the Facebook users can also choose to remove tags identifying them in photos posted by others on the Facebook site.

Facebook chief privacy officer Erin Egan said that adding members’ public profile photos would give users better control over their personal information, by making it easier to identify posted photos in which they appear.

Our goal is to facilitate tagging so that people know when there are photos of them on our service,” Egan said.


She also mentions that Facebook users are uncomfortable with facial recognition technology, who will still be able to opt out of the tag suggest feature altogether, in which case the person’s public profile photo would not be included in the facial recognition database.

Tag suggest however, which the company introduced in 2011, is not available in Europe due to concerns raised by regulators. Google+ also integrated similar technology, but requires user consent, and Google has banned third-party software makers from using facial recognition tech in apps designed for its Google Glass wearable computer.

What do you think about adding profile photos to Facebook’s facial recognition database? Worth something that no one is ready? What about the privacy policies?