Facial recognition nightmare (begins)

C’net on an upcoming app for Android, iOS, and Google Glass called NameTag that will allow you to photograph strangers and find out who they are — complete with social networking and online dating profiles.

As founder Kevin Alan Tussy [li] says:

“People will soon be able to login to www.NameTag.ws and choose whether or not they want their name and information displayed to others. It’s not about invading anyone’s privacy; it’s about connecting people that want to be connected. We will even allow users to have one profile that is seen during business hours and another that is only seen in social situations. NameTag can make the big, anonymous world we live in as friendly as a small town.”

Sure, just what we needed, not.

“In the US, it will also match the photo against over 450,000 entries in the National Sex Offender Registry and other criminal databases.”

Wow, that’s a relief. So it’s safe to talk to your NameTagged strangers.

Worst part, according to C’net it is opt-out.

“It’s a little unclear, but what that seems to indicate to us is that, if you want to keep your privacy — and your option to identify yourself — intact, you’ll need to create a NameTag profile — opt-out, not opt-in.”

What a surprise.

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