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  • ARC Agreement Now Official

    arc signing1A formal signing of the ARC ‘Letter of Intent’ took place Friday at the Accountability and Resource Center (ARC) with Thurston County Commissioners and Sheriff John Snaza. The agreement clears the way for the Thurston jail to open.… Read More +

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  • Lawmakers Celebrate Seahawks Ahead Of Super Bowl

    Hawkington2The Washington state Senate passed a resolution honoring the Seattle Seahawks as they prepare to play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. The resolution was passed Friday, and many lawmakers on the floor were wearing Seahawks jerseys, scarves… Read More +

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  • Baker Signed To Minor-League Deal

    marinersSThe Seattle Mariners have signed catcher John Baker to a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training. The Mariners announced the signing Thursday after Baker passed a physical. He is expected to compete with Jesus Sucre for the backup job with the Mariners playing behind starter Mike Zunino.

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Facebook Privacy Policy Change May Analyze Profile Photos

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_3c4207ed17.jpgJustin Sullivan/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Facebook announced on Thursday a new set of proposed privacy policy adjustments that will go into effect sometime in September. The new changes map out more clearly what Facebook does with your information and how it uses that data to make money -- that is, if you can sift through pages and pages of privacy jargon.

But buried in there is one change that you should be specifically aware of so you can decide if you'd like to change some privacy settings you have control over.

Facebook may start reading your face more. The company may start using facial recognition with your profile photo to better allow your friends to tag your photos. That means Facebook will use software to recognize whether you are in new photos on Facebook by using your profile photo in addition to other photos you have on Facebook.

"We are able to suggest that your friend tag you in a picture by scanning and comparing your friend's pictures to information we've put together from your profile pictures and the other photos in which you've been tagged," the new policy reads. Previously, it had just scanned other photos you were tagged in, not your profile photo. The change to the "How We Use the Information We Receive" section was first reported by All Thing D's Mike Isaac.

When reached by ABC News, Facebook declined to comment on when the feature may roll out and on other specifics of the proposed feature. A spokesperson did say that the "Tag Suggest is a tool that helps Facebook users tag their friends in photographs more quickly and easily -- something people love to do on Facebook."

However, security experts say that whether or not this feature is implemented, it means Facebook users must be more vigilant about adjusting their privacy settings, even if they are hard to find.

"The privacy issue here is that you now have terabytes of computing power looking for every instance in which you appear. You are letting a whole new technology identify you in places you might not want to be identified," John Sileo, author of Privacy Means Profit and an identity theft expert, told ABC News. "It is imperative that people go change their tagging settings now."

Facebook currently allows you to turn off the tag suggestions feature, even though it is automatically enabled. To turn this off, go into the settings menu, select the "Timeline and Tagging" option and then navigate to the area that says "Who sees tag suggestions when photos that look like you are uploaded?" There, you can toggle it from "friends" to "no one."

While you are at it, you might want turn on the setting that requires you to confirm a tag. That means every time someone tags a photo of you, you can decide whether or not you want that tag to be applied.
To do that, head back to that "Timeline and Tagging" option and then navigate to the area that says "review tags people add to your posts before the tags appear on Facebook" and select "enable."

Ultimately, if Facebook does add the profile photo into the facial recognition mix it will just be adding more photos to the collection it already uses to identity you in other photos, but it does bring to light why looking over and understanding privacy settings is so important.

"What they are doing is a logical next step for them, but they are taking advantage of our apathy," Sileo said. "They know they can push the privacy envelope and that likely we won't respond. It is our responsibility to understand and change settings we can control -- we are choosing to put our information on this network."

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

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