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A New Invasion of Privacy?

Thanks to Messiah College Information and Mathematical Sciences Department colleague Gene Rorhbaugh for pointing me to this somewhat scary post at Discovery.com. Apparently some Facebook users don’t watch their profile security very carefully (shocking, I know). A researcher at Carnegie Melon in Pittsburgh gives a glimpse of what could be to come.

According to a group of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), led by associate professor of Information Technology and Public Policy, Alessandro Acquisti, it is now even easier to identify and access your personal information from photos posted on the Internet.

Using cloud computing, facial recognition and public information found on social media profiles like Facebook and online dating sites, Acquisti and his team conducted experiments that yielded some revealing results.

What results? Check out the full story, and be prepared to be highly motivated to check your Facebook settings.

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