Facebook's facial-recognition software can be an ID tool, study finds

08/2/2011 | Atlantic Wire, The · CSO

Facebook's facial-recognition technologies are turning the social network into a full identification service, which could affect people's ability to remain anonymous online, Carnegie Mellon researchers say. Information gleaned from photos, when cross-referenced with Facebook profiles, was enough to learn people's real-world identity, often including substantial portions of their Social Security numbers, the researchers found. "What we present today as a proof-of-concept ... will tomorrow become as common as everyday text-based searches on a search engine," lead researcher Alessandro Acquisti says.

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