The New York Times reports on new privacy settings at social-networking service Facebook:
Facebook is pushing theÂ privacy line once again, according to a new report from a security and antivirus company.
According to theÂ report, from Sophos, Facebook recently began changing its usersâ€™ privacy settings to automatically turn on a facial recognition feature that detects a userâ€™s face in an image. Once the personâ€™s face is detected, the Web site then encourages Facebook friends to tag them. Facebook introduced this feature last yearÂ for its North American users; it is now rolling it out globally.
Facebook also doesnâ€™t give users the option to avoid being tagged in a photo; instead, people who donâ€™t want their name attached to an image must untag themselves after the fact.
In response to a reporterâ€™s inquiry, posted on a Facebook blog, the company said, â€œWe should have been more clear with people during the roll-out process when this became available to them.â€ […]
You can change the privacy settings relating to the facial recognition feature, but it is a little confusing. If you want to disable theÂ feature, go your accountÂ privacy settings andÂ click â€œcustomize settingsâ€ at the bottom of the page. Once in this area, scroll down to a list of options called â€œthings others share,â€ and then click on the button that says â€œsuggest photos of me to friends.â€Â You will then be given the option to disable the facial recognition feature.