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I've got a Google based android phone. Today, out of the blue, Google takes over my phone and scrolls all these faces, asking which face is mine. Google says it wants to use my face to "personalize" everything I send/interact with on my phone or Google account. BTW, I didn't ask for this. I find that unsettling. What I find even more unsettling is that Google went through all the pictures on my phone, picked out all the faces in those pictures and then cataloged them. None of the faces were mine.......(guess I've never taken a selfie) but something went through all my pictures and picked out every face. Was that a program or a human looking through my stuff?
Am I over-reacting here? is this just part of normal life in the year 2017?
 

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Never happened to me. Will report if it does.

Email google and ask wtf happened.
 

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Face recoginition, not to be confused with facial recognition, is a common feature. Think of processes like red-eye reduction, or those weird Snapchat lenses where you barf rainbows.

On iOS devices in the photo app, the "people" category is populated, automatically I think, where it recoginzes a person in a photo. My iPad picked out Larry Hagman but not Barbara Eden.
 

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ah, obviously you haven't heard of the "Google-Lincoln-Sex-Robot" project?

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I've got a Google based android phone. Today, out of the blue, Google takes over my phone and scrolls all these faces, asking which face is mine. <snip> Am I over-reacting here? is this just part of normal life in the year 2017?
You are not over-reacting. Take the time to complain too Google about the intrusion into your private data. It might give them pause to think while planning still more ways to fill their data warehouse with information about you.

These features are an inevitable result of using cloud-based systems such as Google, Windows Azure, iCloud, Instagram, Facebook, etc., etc. Give up the conveniences of multi-device synchronization, free off-site backup, and other features the info-giants use to seduce you into the cloud and you'll be a little less of an open book to them.
 

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I keep all of my chord charts in the cloud. No pictures that I know of but I will make sure there aren't any. Thanks for the heads up.
 

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I just checked, and yes I do have some photo's stored on the cloud (Google Drive). However these are work related photo's and none of them have any people in them. The pictures Google showed me today were my wife, kids, grand-kids, family, in-laws, friends, etc, all from pictures stored only on my phone. I was shocked. They got virtually everybody in my life except me.
 

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"What I find even more unsettling is that Google went through all the pictures on my phone, picked out all the faces in those pictures and then cataloged them."

based on this, Google appears to be creating a global database of people, with photos, and obviously data of who is connected to who, by mining smartphone data

who knows what other data they are also accumulating

I have always assumed Facebook has done this, but am surprised Google is.

or maybe I shouldn't be.

not only is it unsettling, it is also worriesome as these cloud services will undoubtedly get hacked ( or the people they sell the data to will get hacked ) & that information will be somewhere be probably don't want it to be
 
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You guys realize that you're talking about Google in Google's house.

I'd like to take this opportunity just to mention that Google is my new Jesus. We're good, google. Right?

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