Dirk Dot Net

Creator of useful things. Based in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand.

Facebook and Kids

Kids risk being early targets of advertisers and governments, with no chance of every living in anonymity, thanks to pervasive face recognition:

Last week, Facebook updated its privacy policy again. It reads in part: “We are able to suggest that your friend tag you in a picture by scanning and comparing your friend’s pictures to information we’ve put together from your profile pictures and the other photos in which you’ve been tagged.” Essentially, this means that with each photo upload, Kate’s parents are, unwittingly, helping Facebook to merge her digital and real worlds. Algorithms will analyze the people around Kate, the references made to them in posts, and over time will determine Kate’s most likely inner circle.

The dumb sheep are leading their innocent offspring to the slaughter.