Facial recognition mobile app


A new mobile app called "Nametag" adds facial recognition to phone photos; take a pic of someone and feed it to the app and the app will search Facebook, Twitter, sex offender registries and (if you'd like) dating sites to try and put a name to the face. Kevin Alan Tussy, speaking for Facialnetwork (who make Nametag) promises that this won't be a privacy problem, because "it's about connecting people that want to be connected."

"People will soon be able to login to www.NameTag.ws and choose whether or not they want their name and information displayed to others," he said. "It's not about invading anyone's privacy; it's about connecting people that want to be connected. We will even allow users to have one profile that is seen during business hours and another that is only seen in social situations."

It's a little unclear, but what that seems to indicate to us is that, if you want to keep your privacy -- and your option to identify yourself -- intact, you'll need to create a NameTag profile -- opt-out, not opt-in.

Facial recognition app matches strangers to online profiles [Michelle Starr/Cnet]

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  1. "Kevin Alan Tussy, speaking for Facialnetwork (who make Nametag) promises that this won't be a privacy problem."

    Well, as long as he *promises. . . *

  2. "People will soon be able to login to www.NameTag.ws and choose whether or not they want their name and information displayed to others," he said. "It's not about invading anyone's privacy; it's about connecting people that want to be connected.

    So, it's really about invading everyone's privacy, but offering an opt-out? Because those aren't the same thing.

  3. Oh I'm sure there's no possible way this can be abused. Plus, nothing protects my privacy like verifying my identity to... who are they again? Oh yeah, totally trustworthy folks who promise everything will be fine...

  4. My expectation is this doesn't stand a chance of passing Apple's app guidelines, which means this will be an Android/Google Glass only app. Hey, how do you like that there walled garden now?

    Obviously this is going to be a major step forward for our freedom to stalk, sexually harass, pry, and generally trample on others' expectation of privacy. This has to be a Good Thing, because open!

    Some of the uses I've thought up for this in the last ten minutes would be enough to get me on any jurisdiction's sex offenders' register.

  5. Sounds a bit like the business model those revernge porn sites employ. Especially if they expect us to pay for the app in order to opt-out.

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