Social media facial recognition could put your personal information at risk

Posted at 7:05 PM, Nov 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-01 19:05:03-04

Your face is like your fingerprint in the digital world these days.

Facebook is now the largest facial recognition database in the world, bigger than the FBI. Facebook reporting 300 million photos are uploaded to the site every day. Every time you post a picture to the social media site, it usually knows who is in the picture before you can even tag the people.

What does that mean for your personal security? Andrew Bustamante, former CIA agent, says this kind of technology could potentially compromise your personal information.

"The problem is when one organization owns all the info,” said Bustamante. “They own your face, where you live, who your friends are, banking data, shopping data and other trends. If someone hacks that one organization, they get access to what that one organization has!”

There is a feature in Facebook’s settings that allows you to shut off the facial recognition.

VIDEO: How to shut off facial recognition on Facebook