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.