We live in a society that really loves to document things. Combine that with cloud storage for billions of photos online, and you have a database that can tell you where most people have been at any given time.
Accidentally walking into the frame of someone else's picture could mean that you've become an unwitting participant in their social media feed. When looking through his past collection of photos, a photographer discovered a five-year-old picture of a photojournalist that happened into his frame.
What's so cool about that? Well, the photo was taken from the other side of the Ganges River.
After zooming in to the photo I discovered that without question it was me. Looking at Anthony’s image EXIF data, I saw the image was taken on October 18th, 2007. I am 24 years old now, so I was 17 in the photo. I also noticed in one of the photographs, it appears I am taking a photo of something.
It's a moment that wouldn't have been important had the photographer not taken the picture five years ago, but it raises an important question about personal privacy.
As facial recognition software becomes more powerful, how will personal privacy be protected if every photo every taken is available online? I'm fresh out of ideas, and I'd love to see what you can come up with in the comment section.