An article on NYTimes.com started with this provocative question:
Is sharing videos and pictures a violation of a child’s right to privacy, or a simple act to remain connected to friends and family?
My first reaction: are you KIDDING me?
Violating a children’s right to privacy by showing a picture of them? Huh?
One of the opinion pieces was by a futurist named Amy Webb, and she makes the case. She envisions a day when facial recognition will be much more advanced. It’ll be our master password, she believes. And … it will be able to project facial growth from a child, and deliver childhood images of adults when you search for the adult.
How do you feel about those cute naked baby pictures you posted now?
So, if Ms. Webb’s theory is correct … it doesn’t matter if you tag the photo, or ID the photo … the photo itself is all that’s necessary to associate that image with the future image of you or your loved one.
I got another reminder that everything on the ‘net is public this week. Come to find out, my mother is being interviewed for an upcoming article in the local newspaper on the history of our hometown, Graham, MO. The author searched for a photo of Mom … and found it on this blog.
When I was compiling the genealogy photo scrapbooks for the family a few years ago, I had one Aunt declare “I don’t want my photo on the internet.” I assured her that I wasn’t putting her photo on the ‘net, and I didn’t.
Apparently, her caution was well founded.