Thursday, July 19, 2012

YouTube's new blur-faces tool [updated]

There are some problems with this idea you should be aware of. These are the ones I can see right away:

* YouTube gets the original, with the faces (It would be better to use your own tool that doesn't require uploading).

* People might confuse uploading with publishing and publish the wrong one.

* There might be metadata in the video that could identify people related to the video that isn't deleted. A further tool would be needed for that.

* Uploading video requires a login, and your IP address is no doubt logged, so the publisher of the video is always exposed, along with the computer or device used to upload.