Google may have a number of privacy problems in its past, but the popular video site it owns is actually giving users the ability to increase their anonymity online.
Earlier this week, YouTube began allowing users uploading footage to the site to automatically blur out the faces of people in them via its Video Enhancements tool, according to a report from the popular site
. The tool was originally announced in May, and was introduced to meet requests from privacy and human rights advocates.
"Whether you want to share sensitive protest footage without exposing the faces of the activists involved, or share the winning point in your 8-year-old’s basketball game without broadcasting the children’s faces to the world, our face blurring technology is a first step towards providing visual anonymity for video on YouTube," Amanda Conway, policy associate for YouTube, wrote on the company's blog. Eduard Goodman
, chief privacy officer for Identity Theft
911, writes regularly about the ways in which Internet users can increase their privacy online and still share information they consider important.
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