Google today rolled out a new opt-in setting on Google+ allowing you to give the company’s facial recognition software residing in the cloud an explicit permission to match your photos against the images other people upload to their profile. If it detects a match, Google+ will automatically put your name tag next to your face on their photo. All they have to do is accept or reject a face tag.
They call it Find My Face, Google explains:
By turning on Find My Face, Google+ can prompt people you know to tag your face when it appears in photos. Of course, you have control over which tags you accept or reject, and you can turn this feature on or off in Google+ settings.
A similar feature exists on Facebook and Google+ has had facial recognition and tagging for photos from the onset. However, Facebook has no opt-in setting. Their feature is on auto-pilot (users do get to review their face tags on other folks’ photos) and on Google+ you could previously tag yourself in your own photos, but it wouldn’t put the name behind a familiar face.