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Photos, permissions, and MS changes somethings

6:39 pm on Jun 10, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Microsoft has begun rolling out an update to the Photos app in Windows 10 that prompts you to confirm "all appropriate consents from the people in your photos and videos", in order to use facial recog to find snaps of your friends and loved ones.

The feature itself is not new. Photos has attempted to use facial recognition to group and tag photos since at least 2017. The setting in previous versions of the app simply stated: "Allow naming and grouping of people in your photos and videos by turning on face detection and recognition, and storing this data on your device."


While this is general commonsense, MS is taking it a step further.

Meanwhile, all efforts should be taken to secure permissions, etc., for any images/models used on websites. GDPR will kick this into high gear and it appears that the US will be looking into doing much the same in the near future.