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Google is Scheduled to Introduce a New ‘Face recognition’ App

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The new application works as such…A person will use their smart phone to take a picture of someone, and upon snapping their photo they user will receive a list of information about this person. For example the app will offer name, e-mail address, phone number, Facebook profile and more.

I want to start by saying that personally; I feel this sort of application serves NO real purpose what so ever. When offering information such as name, phone number and e-mail address; the question for me is, why would you need any of this information from a stranger? If you’re taking a picture of someone you know, you should already have these things, so technically people’s main use for this would be to find out information about people that have absolutely no relation to them….creeepyyy

The obvious problem with an app like this is privacy. At this moment Google is still working on the logistics of the privacy features and allegedly, people will have to agree to have their information included on the app. If they do not agree, they can not be searched…allegedly….Again the problem I have here is, how long do you think it will take till computer aficionados around the country hack this software? I give it a month until people figure out how to use the app and access information on people who have not agreed to have their information open to the public.

Since rumors of the app’s creation, Google has taken much criticism from privacy advocates across the country.  In their defense, Google claims that they push the boundaries in order to stay on top, but how far is too far? Advocates of the new app claim that it is an amazing new step in social networking. The article that CNN published on the introduction of this new app uses the example of an up and coming actor in L.A. “You want to have everyone recognizing you.” They also are keen on the idea that this sort of app could eliminate business cards. Instead of exchanging such things or remembering a user name to find them later, you could simply snap their picture and bam, everything you need right there. On the other hand, the article also gives the example of a woman in the bar. “Imagine this guy takes a picture of you in a bar, and then he knows my address just because somewhere on the Web there is an association of my address with my photo.”

What do you think? Is this an app that could change the social networking aspects of life for the better, or is this the last straw in technologies invasion of our privacy? Would you advocate a program like this, or fight against it’s introduction to society?

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