Face Recognition The Newest Internal Debate At Google Inc.

May 21, 2010

(ChattahBox) – After several scrapes with critics over their failure to properly protect the privacy of  users, Google has announced that they are currently debating whether or not to begin a project based on face recognition technology.

Google already uses some facial recognition software, such as being able to search for a face from a tagged photo in other albums in their Picasa photo sharing feature.

But the introduction of a more widely used product that would make face recognition its’ priority is far from a welcome site to most users, who are already worried about the corporation and their ever-reaching, invading hand.

Their habit of being almost sneaky with their practices is also leaving some wondering how this technology would factor into future privacy scandals sure to come.

But Google executive Eric Schmidt is trying to allay any fears, saying that “anything we did in that area would be highly, highly planned, discussed and reviewed. When you go through these things, you review your management procedures.”

Alright, fair enough.

But with each of these new bits of technology, those management procedures don’t seem to have been reviewed until after they were caught out.

For example, when Google Buzz was introduced, it didn’t allow users of Gmail and other products to select if they wanted to be a part. Instead, it just activated and began sharing personal information from your account with other users.

Likewise, if you have any kind of Google account, it will automatically connect to their review service, YouTube, and various other areas, sometimes giving your full and real name if it is connected to your email address.

The anxiety from many about addition face recognition becoming a part of that, not to mention the fact that Google has admitted to storing some information, and is known for sharing information freely with companies and governments…well, that anxiety is well founded.

Let’s see Eric Schmidt allay fears about all of that.

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2 Responses to “Face Recognition The Newest Internal Debate At Google Inc.”

  1. Face Recognition on May 22nd, 2010 4:30 am

    now a days Face Recognition is in picture because search giant Google is debating on it whether to accept or not. But I would say each technology has its pros and cons, face recognition technology has cons but that doesn’t mean it can not be improved.

    I think Google should accept it.

  2. LEI on July 29th, 2010 12:43 am

    I have been in the field of pattern recognition for more than a year as my major. Just the face recognition technology alone has shown great potential, both in reseach and in commercial. The giant groups, such as Google, Microsoft, Intel, etc, all of them are focused on such area to get progress. No critics on their successive actions, though sometimes may not satisfy someguys, but from a longer point of view, it deserves to be the leader of world tech.

    Welcome to contact me if you have anything to share, or even any critics.
    My E-mail add: auto_houlei@yahoo.cn(in Chinese domain)

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