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Facebook is acquiring facial recognition firm Face.com, for an estimated $60 million.

Facebook already uses Face.com’s facial recognition technology to help it put a name to faces in photos uploaded to the social network. Now, with the acquisition of Face.com, the technology is coming in house.

So what does Facebook facial recognition actually do?

There are billions of photographs on Facebook’s servers. As your Facebook friends upload their pictures, Facebook will try to determine if any of the photos look like you. And if it finds what it believes to be a match, it may urge one of your Facebook friends to tag the photo with your name.

That’s what Facebook does with its facial recognition database right now. But nobody knows what it might do with it in the future.

Many people feel…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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