“What should smartphone makers do about nude selfies?,” Farhad Manjoo wonders for The New York Times. “Should they encourage us all to point our phones away from our unclothed bodies — or should they instead decide that naked selfies are inevitable, and add features to their products that reduce the chance that these photos could get hacked?”
“Don’t scoff. In the wake of the release of several female celebrities’ nude images, it’s time that the tech industry begin taking the naked-photo security problem seriously,” Manjoo writes. “We should try harm reduction: Phone makers should build their products with the expectation that lots of us will take indelicate photos of ourselves and our loved ones. When we do so, our phones should step in with options for protecting such photos, and should apply extra scrutiny when the people who are snapping them are underage.”
“When you point your phone at your naked form and snap a shot, it could give you a warning,” Manjoo writes. “This is technically plausible. In recent years, computers have become quite good at recognizing specific features in images, including faces and cats. Recognizing the nude form is a comparatively easy task.”
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MacDailyNews Take: That would give facial-recognition a whole new meaning.