Polar Rose – Web Stalking 2.0

Web stalking, until now the purvue of clammy skinned, online geeks, is soon to get an web 2.0 upgrade. Polar rose, a startup company that is based in Sweden, have announced that they are entering the new phase of development and are preparing to unleash version 0.18 of their plugin for Firefox. For those that are not aware of this tool Polar Rose how to deploy a face scanning technology where they can link faces found all over the internet. While, to be fair, on their web site that they are working towards preserving the privacy of people who do not wish to be found. It is hard to imagine how to re-bottle this genie once it gets out and into the hands of less magnanimous people.

While there are probably many nefarious things that could happen. It will make taking a mental health day a little more demanding as you have to make sure you don’t have your picture taken and uploaded while your supposed to be laid up in bed. Already in a constantly connected world this is happening. In March of this year, 6 New Zealander students were busted in their school uniform at the Boobs on Bikes parade when they were supposed to be on their lunch break. They were lucky to only end up with detention when there photgraph was beamed around the world.

For now I am getting a robots.txt tattoo on my forehead and hope that works.

  2 comments for “Polar Rose – Web Stalking 2.0

  1. Anonymous
    November 16, 2007 at 2:50 am

    I totaly agree. I think, they WILL get several lawsuits, if they wouldn’t find the way, or tool to help people to get rid of the pictures they do not want to be indexed.Robot.txt is not enough.Perioud.From what they are saying here: http://blog.polarrose.com/2006/12/on-privacy-and-polar-rose/, I think that they are just throwing a bone to their own users. Privacy advocates are starting to be concerned as well. Harvard University already made a study.You can read it here : http://www.harvardlawreview.org/issues/120/may07/notes/facial_recognition_privacy_law.pdf

  2. Douglas Kastle
    November 16, 2007 at 11:05 am

    Thanks for that, the PDF is an excellent read. With polar rose, spock, and writeprint there may be little hope of keeping private in the internet.

    It is already bad enough that so many people have digital cameras, you never know when some one will pull one out, I always have an emergency blue steel pose on standby for just such occasions.

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