03. 31. 2011
Google app could identify people's faces
Google is working on a new mobile application that could allow users to access a person's personal information just by taking a photo of them.
The application would work with a facial recognition program which trawls the pictures that are publicly available on Facebook, Flickr and other sites to try and find a match. This new application was definitely expected, what with Google's Goggles service which identifies objects if you take photos of them, as well as the face recognition capability already part of Google-owned Picasa.
Obviously the idea behind the app raises instant privacy concerns which google acknowledges, but according to CNN people would have to agree to give Google permission to access their personal data first. This is certainly a step in the right direction, but there are clearly still some problems with this initial solution.
Google hasn't suggested when the product will be released as of yet, but this initial hype would tend to suggest it's not too far away.