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Identify Internet Users With Auto-Face Recognition Software

face recognitionInternet users can now be automatically recognised from photographs posted on the Internet. A software company, Face.com, claims to have developed the technology that can be used by social networking sites such as Facebook, and photo galleries such as Flickr etc to identify people from a database of images belonging to a particular person.

Daily Mail reports that the program will create an algorithm of the face i.e. a measurement how features such as the eyes, nose and mouth are arranged with incredible accuracy of up to 90%. The Photo Finder software has already been released to developers who are interested in building programs and applications that will make it possible to conduct a picture search for anyone on the Internet. As a result third-party developers will also be able to apply the facial recognition technology on their Websites or commercial Web applications.

Believe it or not, there are people or organisations who are in support of the use of facial recognition technology on the Web for example, the Red Cross is reported as saying “it could be used to track people lost in humanitarian disasters”. However, concerns are being expressed in some circles over privacy issues and the fact that the program’s accuracy is less than 100% which could be translated as meaning that there is still a significant possibility of error.

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  2. UK Webmaser forum

    August 31, 2010 at 11:02 am

    I think it is a nice development, the app will be very useful for some organization Red Cross, I will be interested in the result third-party developers.

  3. Computer Help

    August 31, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    That’s a great idea and if it happens then it can unify a guys social presence and he won’t have to log in with his id pass ,just show the face and u r done.

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    August 31, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Face Recognition PC access control software FaceCode gives you complete access control to … prevent children, family members, co-workers and other workstation users from gaining access to your computer, FaceCode is … that can ensure the real identity of the user.realy its a grate software

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    September 1, 2010 at 9:32 am

    wow.. this is the first time that i heard that kind of development in technology and for me this was awesome.. i do agree that it can really help a lot of people and even organization like red cross.

  6. Alex

    September 1, 2010 at 10:11 am

    I think it has some serious privacy implications, but I think with the kind of things facebook etc is pulling these days, you might as well assume that you have no privacy online anyway.

  7. horsegames

    September 14, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    wow… this is cool, it sounds so like 2020 invention. but it might affect privacy.

  8. Jim Olenbush

    August 14, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Wow. Technology is really advancing nowadays. i just found out about roll laptop and now this! It’s amazing how technology works today. It would be so cool if facial recognition would be integrated in mobile phones and Facebook. Just imagine that you would know a person’s name by using your phone by the aid of Facebook.

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