Blur out bad hair days forever? New digital privacy badge prevents your image from being shared

We allll have that one friend that insists on publishing the worst photo of us, even though they know better. Or have that snap-happy friend who is always flashing their cameras at the most inopportune times. What if there was a way to signal to social media that you do not condone your image shared to others?

Still a Bit Fuzzy Yet  . . .

AVG innovations wants to introduce you to their wearable privacy badge called Do Not Snap. Not only is it a physical reminder to the camera man, the badge signals to Facebook or SnapChat’s facial recognition algorithm software to blur the wearer’s face.

Who would find this useful? Off the tops of our heads: stalking victims, celebrities, children of super-conscientous parents. Have you ever been perused through a British tabloid? The faces of celebrity children are pixellated for privacy reasons. Halle Berry, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Garner, Dax Shepherd and Kristin Bell all support the #NoKids in regarding to the paparazzi although editorial practices have changed very little here in US.

No.  Please Really No

Recently, a friend shared this story: She was at a dinner party with a very famous musician. Everyone was dancing and having a good time, shimmying on the dance floor. People started taking out their phones to record the celebrity enjoying himself. He very politely asked everyone to stop, but it was too late and guests did not heed his request. It was shared a half dozen times on social media before the party was over, and the hostess was put in a very awkward position. That makes feel sad and kind of yuck. And it’s definitely more uncomfortable than wearing a prohibitive badge. Sometimes, it’s more about human decency and etiquette than a law.

C’mon FB, Insta and Snap

As much as we at Safertech think the Do Not Snap badge is, at this point in our wacky wireless world, a good option … Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat and other social media platforms do not concur. AVG Innovation Labs has written the software as “open-sourced” to encourage adoption, there have been no takers so far.  And as far a privacy goes, it appears that AVG isn’t collecting information-just altering the way it appears on Social Media.  And if the software actually does what it promises it will fascinating to see the response.

Something to think about

In the meantime, we appreciate AVG’s stance on starting some meaningful dialogue:

 “I think people aren’t aware of the need, and they aren’t aware of the threat, until privacy’s gone, so the first step is always to raise awareness.”

~ Maurice McGinley, design director at AVG Innovation Labs as told to Business Insider.

We will keep you posted on updates regarding this technology’s segue into social media.

xo

August

 

 

Does sharing photos of children of Facebook put them at risk? - https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/sep/21/children-privacy-online-facebook-photos

This wearable badge links to software that could blur your face in unwanted social media photos - http://www.businessinsider.com/do-not-snap-badge-protect-privacy-facial-recognition-unwelcome-photos-avg-innovation-labs-2016-10

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