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Photos as avatars: A cautionary tale.

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If you use your own photo in here as your avatar, that photo IS linkable to any other online site you use- Twitter, Facebook, job sites, some dating sites that are not secure, and who knows what else. This means everything you type online, almost 'anywhere', can be attributed to you, instantly, by anyone with Internet access- schools, jobs, BONs, law enforcement- you name it. For'ever'. You cannot delete anything once it has hit the Internet. And don't think all these people aren't aware of how to identify you, online. They excel at it, and they do it routinely.

Twice tonight, I scanned 2 face photos from posters in AN. One is linked to Twitter and many other sites, and another is linked to several online sites- and of those two posters, a real name was given for their identities.

If you don't want your every thought or spoken (typed) word read by the world, might want to rethink posting your face photo in here or anywhere else.

Worse- if you are posting a photo of someone ELSE as your alleged identity- you are risking all kinds of liability. You cannot use another person's photo as your personna.

I've seen this subject in AN, but I don't recall where I saw it- it was from the people that run this site. Also, I posted this information to those two people, not knowing if they can receive private messages, or not. I've also posted a recent note about just how this photo recognition works, and how simple it is for anyone to find out who you are. It's scary.

I'm just sayin'...

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Worse- if you are posting a photo of someone ELSE as your alleged identity- you are risking all kinds of liability. You cannot use another person's photo as your personna.

While I agree with most of your post, this is just not true.

For example, AN offers many default avatars, including celebrities (there are quite a few Willow Rosenberg faces on here!). User ThePrincessBride has a picture of - you guessed it - Robin Wright from The Princess Bride as their avatar. Another user - I think VintageNurse? - has an old photo of a nurse as their avatar, and has admitted that they do not know who that person is (got it via Google). All of those are people using another's face as their image on AN, and all of them are perfectly fine.

For the web as a whole, as long as you do not obtain a photo illicitly, you're not risking any kind of liability by using another person as your avatar. I mean, it's sketchy, but not illegal. Consider dating sites, and how notorious they are for people using fake photos.

Other sites may have specific prohibitions against using any people in avatars as a part of their TOS. For AN, as long as you do not give out personally identifying information or spread libel, you are perfectly fine to use someone else's face.

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Great reminder. I am continuously amazed by seemingly intelligent and obviously tech-savvy people who become so comfortable with social media that they don't exercise even the most basic precautions.

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I just love my photo of myself. Its my good side! I scanned myself but alas, I just cant seem to find myself. Boo hoo. Aren't there others like me out there?

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If you use your own photo in here as your avatar, that photo IS linkable to any other online site you use- Twitter, Facebook, job sites, some dating sites that are not secure, and who knows what else. This means everything you type online, almost 'anywhere', can be attributed to you, instantly, by anyone with Internet access- schools, jobs, BONs, law enforcement- you name it. For'ever'. You cannot delete anything once it has hit the Internet. And don't think all these people aren't aware of how to identify you, online. They excel at it, and they do it routinely.

Twice tonight, I scanned 2 face photos from posters in AN. One is linked to Twitter and many other sites, and another is linked to several online sites- and of those two posters, a real name was given for their identities.

If you don't want your every thought or spoken (typed) word read by the world, might want to rethink posting your face photo in here or anywhere else.

Worse- if you are posting a photo of someone ELSE as your alleged identity- you are risking all kinds of liability. You cannot use another person's photo as your personna.

I've seen this subject in AN, but I don't recall where I saw it- it was from the people that run this site. Also, I posted this information to those two people, not knowing if they can receive private messages, or not. I've also posted a recent note about just how this photo recognition works, and how simple it is for anyone to find out who you are. It's scary.

I'm just sayin'...

So Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and the estates of George Harrison and John Lennon may sue me?

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If you use your own photo in here as your avatar, that photo IS linkable to any other online site you use- Twitter, Facebook, job sites, some dating sites that are not secure, and who knows what else. This means everything you type online, almost 'anywhere', can be attributed to you, instantly, by anyone with Internet access- schools, jobs, BONs, law enforcement- you name it. For'ever'. You cannot delete anything once it has hit the Internet. And don't think all these people aren't aware of how to identify you, online. They excel at it, and they do it routinely.

Twice tonight, I scanned 2 face photos from posters in AN. One is linked to Twitter and many other sites, and another is linked to several online sites- and of those two posters, a real name was given for their identities.

If you don't want your every thought or spoken (typed) word read by the world, might want to rethink posting your face photo in here or anywhere else.

Worse- if you are posting a photo of someone ELSE as your alleged identity- you are risking all kinds of liability. You cannot use another person's photo as your personna.

I've seen this subject in AN, but I don't recall where I saw it- it was from the people that run this site. Also, I posted this information to those two people, not knowing if they can receive private messages, or not. I've also posted a recent note about just how this photo recognition works, and how simple it is for anyone to find out who you are. It's scary.

I'm just sayin'...

I'm always amazed that people need to be told these things, but since they obviously DO need to be told, thank you for telling them. Again.

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you should see what comes up on google image search!:wideyed:

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Thanks for the shoutout :wavey:...I just checked and the photo is called "alice nurse graduation" and is on a stock photo website called "phototree"...I don't think I'll get in much trouble for that. I just think Alice is so lovely and is what I wish I could look like as a nurse (i'm a huge vintage/retro buff).

But really, having your avatar be a photo of yourself is just dumb, IMO.

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Some of us do not say anything online that we would not or do not say in person.

::Shrug::

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But when you say something in person it's not "there forever" for everyone to see like a internet comment is.

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