Is it safe to show your face on Facebook?

If Facebook buys facial recognition company Face.com, your social party pix could morph into mug shots.

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I’ve never gotten a satisfactory answer to this question.

What can you do, besides quit Facebook or defriend everyone who dares to tag you in photos? You could try posting a QR code from Tag Me Not and include it in photos you upload. Anyone who follows that code to the TagMeNot Web site will learn that you do not wish to be tagged, and that if your face is included in a photo that you’d like it to be blurred, thank you very much.

You can post these QR Codes on your Web site or blog, append them to photos you post online, have them printed on your clothes, tack them to the wall of your home for when the Google Street View vans come rolling by, or tattoo them on your forehead. (TY4NS does not recommend the latter.)

That doesn’t mean people will automatically respect your wishes and refrain from tagging you. But at least it makes your wishes known. And that’s at least a start.

Got a question about social media? TY4NS blogger Dan Tynan may have the answer (and if not, he’ll make something up). Visit his snarky, occasionally NSFW blog eSarcasm or follow him on Twitter: @tynanwrites. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-to’s, follow ITworld on Twitter and Facebook.

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