At a panel on the ethics and pitfalls of facial recognition, the organizers showed this marketing video, which makes facial recognition seem like an awful lot of fun and not creepy at all. But they also pointed out that this is an entirely unregulated area, and as companies like Face.com bring facial recognition tools to the masses, it’s time to think about whether this is a good thing from a privacy perspective.
I also learned a new word, renonymize, which David Eisenberg defines this way:
To discover, using data from an “anonymized” data set (a data set from which the explicit identifying data has been removed) which specific individuals generated the data.
This was what happened with AOL’s search data disaster in 2006, and in several cases since. — David Gallagher