The first step towards regaining privacy.
First of all, you need to know that only face recognition in photos on Google and Facebook does not mean that your photos will not be used to train artificial intelligence, which face recognition is to deal with. Developers of applications such as Clearview they can still illegally download photos publicly available on the web and use them for their purposes. By sending them to the Internet yourself, you voluntarily agree to get rid of a piece of privacy.
Disabling face recognition on Facebook
The Facebook social network quite clearly informs about what it uses face recognition systems for. First of all, he does it to suggest tagging people in photos. This applies only to users over 18 years of age. The option is in theory turned off by default, although it was turned on for me despite the fact that I have never activated it.
You can turn this off by going to the settings menu. You can do this by clicking on the arrow in the upper right corner of Facebook and then selecting "Settings". Now on the left click on "Face Recognition", where you will be able to change the option from "Yes" to "No". Thanks to this, removing your face from tools that work automatically on Facebook.
Disabling face recognition in Google services
Face recognition in Google services is a bit more complex. Thanks to it, you can easily find, for example, your friends in the Google Photos service by entering their name. The Mountain View company retrieves data from various services, including Gmail. This is really a practical function if you want to search for photos of a specific person among many photos. In theory, the option is turned off by default, but – as in the case of Facebook – it was active for me.
You can turn off face recognition in Google by going to the service Google Photosand then clicking on "hamburger menu", i.e. three horizontal lines in the upper left corner of the screen. There you should choose the option "Settings".
You should now find the option "Group similar faces". If you don't see it, open the Google Photos app on your smartphone. Click on it and disable the option "Grouping by face". That's all.
Is it worth turning off face recognition on Google and Facebook?
The matter is controversial because in this way we make life a bit more difficult and deprive some of the comforts. It may be worth considering whether we are tearing our privacy in a much worse way elsewhere on the web. Is this type of activity worth starting elsewhere? Or, on the contrary, and disabling face recognition in Google and Facebook services is the first of many good steps towards regaining privacy on the web? Decide for yourself. If you want to be completely anonymous on the Internet then … it's best not to use the services of one company or the other. Nowadays, information is a commodity and it is data that is paid for free services.