Our friends at Sophos have made us aware of a new addition to Facebook privacy settings that is currently being rolled out. Using facial recognition technology Facebook will now automatically suggest your ‘Friends’ tag you in their photographs if any of their pictures look like you. The tagging is still done by your friends in the conventional way but it can mean that you are added to images much more frequently.
Remember, Facebook does not give you any right to pre-approve tags, if you are unhappy about being tagged in an image you have to visit each photograph and untag yourself- a potentially time consuming process particularly if you have Friends that upload hundreds of images at a time.
Sophos have produced a short blog post showing how to switch this setting off.
If you are on Facebook and want to keep yourself informed about the latest news from the world of internet security and privacy you could do a lot worse than join the Sophos Facebook page where they regularly discuss these issues and best practice.