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Google making app to identify people's faces

Privacy issue?

     
10:10 pm on Mar 31, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Google plans to introduce a mobile application that would allow users to snap pictures of people's faces in order to access their personal information, a director for the project said this week.

In order to be identified by the software, people would have to check a box agreeing to give Google permission to access their pictures and profile information, said Hartmut Neven, the Google engineering director for image-recognition development.

Profiles might include a name, phone number and e-mail address.

"We recognize that Google has to be extra careful when it comes to these [privacy] issues," Neven told CNN in an exclusive interview. Before the app launches, Google plans to have acceptable privacy models in place, he said.

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1:45 am on Apr 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Holy scary. But I know they already have the technology. Maybe they'll wrap this up into some sort of social app that is forced on you "by accident" LOL. Hopefully they do get the privacy stuff right this time around.
 

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