Well whether it's ugly or pretty, the AI algorithms won't care and I frankly don't want for instance FB to analyse my face. I should think this is an OPSEC issue, partially. I mean I would like to be social, but I think it's archaic these days, to include these pictures. Because people WILL share them online and while for old times sake it could be nice, I think people should be able to hide their faces or somehow be shielded from the privacy repercussions. But since such few people think of this and most just go along with it, I wondered if there was any recourse for the tech-conscious like myself.I think that the OP is so ugly that he will stand out in the photo, he is quite rightly concerned that this will make him an easily indentified target.
Ha, good joke. Maybe your age makes you unable to appreciate this issue, because it wasn't a concern in your time. I'm not scared of being shot at. It's simply a fact that these days, privacy is threatened and as with the Met Police using facial recognition at the WW1 Cenotaph, I shouldn't have to fork over highly personal info, just for serving the country IMO. So it's not necessarily due to a fear of being attacked for example, but due to the PRINCIPLE of not having your privacy violated, just so that 15 other strangers and half a dozen american companies and their friends in the ad industry, can scan your face, catalogue you and otherwise spread your image around as they please. I think if the pictures were strictly non-digital, with sharing something to be punished, then that would help. But otherwise it's just reckless sharing of data and frankly, in a democracy, that's dangerous. It's the same deal when companies want access to NHS health data: you can argue it's not a big deal, that it's not scary and so on. But in the end, it's harmful, it's risky and it's a violation of your rights.Well if having your picture taken is worrying, dare I ask your opinion on joining an armed force and getting possibly getting shot at!!!!!
Now that would worry me more than a course photo.
All I can say is get used to it as most courses have a course piccy.
As an aside, has anyone had any hassles because of being identified from any course photo's. After 24 years worth some in the limelight courtesy of my role in SAR and such - no-one has so much as said boo to be as a result of appearing on tv and course photo's!!!
Sorry, I meant PERSEC. Although as I understand, the RN has to adapt to the new generation of sailors who demand online access and thus an awareness of the issues I'm raising, could help.Why OPSEC?
I can understand your concerns about PERSEC but in what way would a group pic from Raleigh affect operational security?
You already know what happens: I begrudgingly accept it, while hoping they don't share it online if the image is clear enough to identify me and they get a picture which hopefully inspires a mixture of awe, envy and lust. Naturally, if I'm wearing a mask for example, I don't mind at all. But I want a choice. That's what this is about: control over who gets to know what about you. It's a human right.Another question then.
What happens when either a media photographer or a member of the public takes your picture from outside the wire. (Off MoD land) Of you in uniform! Its quiet legal to photograph MoD sites, unlike other countries, Turkey for one.
Its outside your control and even MoD Police have no powers as long as the image has no classified detail in it.
You seem to equate privacy with having something to hide. This is not the case. The house analogy is good:so what have you not told the RN are you a wanted man by police, mafia, debt collectors? Security has always been part of service life, but hiding in the broom cupboard is not the answer, once out with your mates your face will be all over FB by the end of the first round, if you become a squirrel then fair enough. Enjoy your time.
Great example, thank you. I don't use Twitter either for example, so why in Gods name should my face be on it? It's such a gimmick, in an attempt to feel like one is keeping with the times, I feel. It's especially awkward I think, that a branch of the British armed forces, should be handing out information on its recruits to a foreign company as well. But chiefly it's about the misuse of people's data.That would be his choice would it not?
Passing out at Raleigh and having your photo taken is not optional.
If anyone is on Twitter, have a look at the HMS Raleigh account. There are daily updates, complete with class photos, of the recruits.
If the RN decrees that the publication of photos of serving personnel is fine and all part of the package, then that is how it is. But doesn't that then make all this PERSEC, eg "don't post where you're travelling from" a bit hypocritical?
If that's true, that's re-assuring. Unless it's encouraged though, the peer pressure to conform will be immense. Because of course it's nice to get a picture, so you can think back to that time, 30 years on. But anyhow, thank you.You can opt out of being in any photographs taken at HMS Raleigh. This means that you will not appear on Twitter and you will not be in your pass out photograph
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What has this got to do with tin foil hats? Is it such a foreign concept to you, that some people desire greater control over what gets shared about them? And while I can't recommend any specific brand sadly, I can tell you that if they worked, I'd probably get one. There's certainly plenty reason to do so. This personal data stuff, should become accepted as something you can control and decline the use of, by third parties. Much like how you don't pressure people to drink if they don't want to or otherwise harass them, etc.Which brand of tin foil should I take to rally for my hat?
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