You can’t disable facial recognition, but you can stop Facebook from using its database.
Recently we reported on Facebook acquiring face.com for an estimated $60 million. If you have concern about Facebook privacy, here’s how to disable Facebook from using facial recognition technology.
It’s not just the recent purchase of face.com that should concern privacy-conscious users. The service already uses face.com’s facial technology. The facial technology tries to associate the uploaded photos to your face.
You can’t disable the feature, but you can stop Facebook from using its facial recognition database.
First, log into Facebook and go into Privacy Settings.
On the Privacy Settings page, next to Timeline and Tagging select Edit Settings.
The Timeline and Tagging window comes up. Select the bottom setting “Who Sees Suggestions when photos that Look Like You Are Uploaded?” Select No One from the dropdown
Then click Okay.
Next, you will see the Timeline and Tagging window. Just click Done. Or, if you want to explore more of the settings Facebook conveniently Opts you into, this is a good place to be.
Of course, if you have no desire to deal with Facebook’s privacy settings at all, you can permanently delete your account.