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Privacy Alert! The Facebook camera that can recognize you in public! (Video)

Shoppers could soon be automatically recognized when they walk into a shop using a controversial new camera.
Called Facedeals, the camera uses photos uploaded to Facebook to recognize people as they walk in.
Shoppers who agree to use the system, which has not been developed with Facebook, will be offered special deals.

A promotional video created to promote the concept shows drinkers entering a bar, and then being offered cheap drinks as they are recognized.

‘Facebook check-ins are a powerful mechanism for businesses to deliver discounts to loyal customers, yet few businesses—and fewer customers—have realized it,’ said Nashville-based advertising agency Redpepper.
They are already trialling the scheme in firms close to their office.

‘A search for businesses with active deals in our area turned up a measly six offers.
‘The odds we’ll ever be at one of those six spots are low (a strip club and photography studio among them), and the incentives for a check-in are not nearly enticing enough for us to take the time.
‘So we set out to evolve the check-in and sweeten the deal, making both irresistible.
‘We call it Facedeals.’

Facebook recently hit the headlines when it bought face.com, an Israeli firm that pioneered the use of face recognition technology online.
The social networking giant uses the software to recognize people in uploaded pictures, allowing it to accurately spot friends.

The Facebook camera requires people to have authorized the Facedeals app through their Facebook account.
This verifies your most recent photo tags and maps the biometric data of your face.
The system then learns what a user looks like as more pictures are approved.
This data is then used to identify you in the real world.

Koreans Sue Apple iPhone over Invasion of Privacy Violations


A group of approximately 27,000 South Koreans suing with Apple, for £ 15.8 million for what they claim is a violation of privacy from the collection of information about the iPhone’s location.

Every man in a suit seeking one million won (£ 568) as compensation, Kim Sok Heng, one of their attorneys announced today.

He said that they aimed for Apple and its South Korean unit “protect privacy” rights.

A representative of Apple in Seoul declined to comment.

Apple, faced complaints and criticism, as he showed in April that his Iphones store locations near the base stations of mobile phone and Wi-Fi hot spots for up to a year.

Such data can be used to create a rough map of displacement device owner.

Apple, also showed that a software error caused Iphones continue to send anonymous data about the location of the company’s servers, even if the location service arrangement have been disabled.

The company said they will not keep data on the phones for more than seven days, will encrypt data and suspends the process of copying files on users’ computers. He also corrected an error with free software updates.

Mr. Kim, a lawyer, took for Apple to court earlier this year for iPhone privacy and was awarded one million won.

He said that he expects the first reading a new event will be held in October or November.

If the court in the southern city of Changwon will rule in favor of the plaintiffs, the total amount of compensation would amount to about 27600000000 won (£ 15.6million).

Apple – the most expensive company in the U.S. – earned $ 7.31billion (£ 4.45billion) in its third fiscal quarter.

Mr. Kim said that the decision to claim damages only one million won per person shows that the South Korean courts do not usually amounts higher than their counterparts in the U.S.

He said 26,691 claimants have been listed in the civil lawsuit filed earlier today. Another 921 lawyers and minors must get parental consent before they can join, Mr. Kim. He expects to take about two weeks.

Communications regulator in South Korea earlier this month ordered local operations from Apple, to pay three million won (£ 1700) fine for what it considers a violation of the laws of the country’s location information.