Tagging People Who Do Not Use Facebook in Photos Posted on Facebook

You can actually tag anyone in a photo, even if they don’t have a Facebook account. If you type in the name of someone who is not one of your Facebook friends when tagging a photo, you have the option of listing their email address. When you are done tagging the photo, they will receive an email that provides a link to the image. They will be able to see the photos in which they are tagged, but nothing else on the site, unless, of course, they get their own Facebook account.
Learned this while writing an article on Facebook tagging. The info comes from the Facebook site: http://www.facebook.com/help/463455293673370/. Hmmm…


  1. A good tip, however, isn’t this tip a privacy law infingement? what if someone doesn’t want to be tagged or related to Facebook (that’s why they don’t have an account)?

  2. I will have to go and have a closer read of the Facebook page you mentioned; but in line with the privacy settings for ‘logged in’ users where they can ‘refuse’ the tagging I wonder if the ‘non-member’ is tagged regardless or only if they approve the tagging?

    I can foresee further privacy issues for Facebook otherwise.

  3. This is exactly my question! I am not a member of FaceBook. I consider it an insidious corporation bent on destroying privacy. However, I know for a fact that I have been tagged in photos and that my biometric faceprint data is being collected without my permission. Is there any way to force them to automatically untag my photos without being a member, or better yet, force them to destroy the identifying data they have already collected (i.e. non-public data retained by FB even after tags are removed)? Any class action lawsuits in this area?

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