YouTube introduces face blurring option, enhanced privacy setting(Read article summary)
YouTube has introduced a new tool that allows users to blur faces in videos, enabling a new setting for identity protection and privacy, though it is still impossible to keep digital data completely private.
Both parents and political activists (in some countries) will appreciate this. There are now two ways to avoid (or at least reduce) unwanted recognition on YouTube: Make your video private or blur the faces in it.Â
YouTube just announcedÂ a new tool that allows users to obscure faces âwith the click of a button.â It cites last yearâs âCameras Everywhereâ reportÂ from international human rights organization WITNESS as warning that no video-sharing site or hardware manufacturer offered that identity protection. Itâs great for agents of change, and everyone else, that they can protect their own and, thoughtfully, othersâ identities in videos they post.
How? In its blog, YouTube writes: âOnce youâve chosen the video that youâd like to edit within our Video Enhancements tool, go to Additional Features and click the âApplyâ button below âBlur All Faces.â Before you publish, you will see a preview of what your video will look like with faces blurred. When you save the changes to your video, a new copy is created with the blurred faces. You will then be given the option to delete the original video.â
This facialÂ non-recognition technologyâs not perfect yet, though, so itâs good thereâs an option to post videos privately and send a link to an audience of oneâs choosing. YouTube says that, because âthis is emerging technology âŚ [it] sometimes has difficulty detecting faces depending on the angle, lighting, obstructions and video quality. Itâs possible that certain faces or frames will not be blurred.â
But remember that, just like with still photos, comments, and all other digital media, stuff can be copied and pasted in places where it wasnât intended to be seen. Itâs pretty impossible to keep anything digital completely private.