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Facebook Camera Checks Into Businesses With Your Face

By - Source: Daily Mail | B 17 comments

Advertising agency hopes to utilize Facebook check-ins to deliver discounts and increase business.

In a world where social media platforms like Facebook and Foursquare are all around you, it's easy to imagine the benefits on the business side of things. Unfortunately for us, that means privacy is a bit scarce these days, and it looks like it may get a bit scarcer. Dubbed Facedeals, this camera uses public photos uploaded onto Facebook and facial recognition software to identify patrons as they walk through the door.

Shoppers can then automatically be checked-in on Facebook and offered exclusive deals for participating in the program. Created by Nashville-based advertising firm Redpepper, Facedeals is not affiliated with Facebook. According to the firm, "Facebook check-ins are a powerful mechanism for businesses to deliver discounts to loyal customers, yet few businesses—and fewer customers—have realized it."

Facedeals Facebook Camera

Hoping to capitalize on the situation, Redpepper hopes to sweeten the check-in deals by streamlining and automating the process. Of course, most customers won't be too happy about having their faces inspected by a camera everywhere they go, so the program only works if users authorize the Facedeals application on their Facebook account. 

For anybody who already actively checks in to business on Facebook, Facedeals could be quite a treat. On the other hand, we have a feeling these cameras may end up driving away some customers too. Either way, Facedeals is still being tested throughout small business so we'll just have to see whether or not these cameras really take off. Would you have any issues visiting a business with a Facedeals camera?

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    alidan , September 2, 2012 11:15 AM
    no business with this will get my money.
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    viper666 , September 2, 2012 10:41 AM
    All we need now are shopping-carts which automatically tweet what we buy.

    Too much surveillance everywhere and i suppose this is just the beginning :|
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    myromance123 , September 2, 2012 11:48 AM
    Yeah, I can imagine going to a bathroom and then getting recommended toilet paper discounts for this.
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  • 16 Hide
    viper666 , September 2, 2012 10:41 AM
    All we need now are shopping-carts which automatically tweet what we buy.

    Too much surveillance everywhere and i suppose this is just the beginning :|
  • 18 Hide
    alidan , September 2, 2012 11:15 AM
    no business with this will get my money.
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    myromance123 , September 2, 2012 11:48 AM
    Yeah, I can imagine going to a bathroom and then getting recommended toilet paper discounts for this.
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    tomfreak , September 2, 2012 11:56 AM
    How about this, game dev I let u spy on how I play my games, but u offer me a free good game per month. Deal?
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    icemunk , September 2, 2012 3:55 PM
    I'm working on my new product as well. Poopdeals is going to be a pile of success! Everytime you poop, you will get a coupon.. hmm.. maybe I should call it poopon.
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    jupiter optimus maximus , September 2, 2012 4:23 PM
    Next advertisers might add a camera underneath the toilet lid, giving recommendations on exercising techniques and drugs to optimize a healthy secretion of waste.
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    freggo , September 2, 2012 4:47 PM
    myromance123Yeah, I can imagine going to a bathroom and then getting recommended toilet paper discounts for this.


    Or hemorrhoid cream...
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    freggo , September 2, 2012 4:48 PM
    icemunkI'm working on my new product as well. Poopdeals is going to be a pile of success! Everytime you poop, you will get a coupon.. hmm.. maybe I should call it poopon.


    Hmmm.... Grey Poupon.... what can we call yours then... :-)
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    Hellbound , September 2, 2012 6:27 PM
    I'm sorry sir, we cant hire you because we found a picture on your facebook page of you doing jelly shots off a guys belly button....

    But it was a dare.................

    NEXT!!
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    boiler1990 , September 2, 2012 6:57 PM
    Yes, Facebook, after all of your privacy debacles and millions of users complaining about your breaches in maintaining user data, this is your best move.

    No wonder the stock is worthless...
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    runswindows95 , September 2, 2012 7:04 PM
    The first thought I had when I read this is if it's installed at an adult store, everyone would be covering their faces whenever they shopped there. Imagine the check-in:

    "John Doe checked in at Wang's House of Adult Videos"
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    freggo , September 2, 2012 7:16 PM
    boiler1990Yes, Facebook, after all of your privacy debacles and millions of users complaining about your breaches in maintaining user data, this is your best move. No wonder the stock is worthless...


    They claim not to be affiliated with Facebook.
    But the color...font.... if this was Apple they'd be all over it by now !
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    24oz , September 2, 2012 9:31 PM
    Don't like this idea.If I see one of these cameras in a store I would probably shop some place else.
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    LightningStryk17 , September 2, 2012 9:46 PM
    Minority report? No thanks.
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    beayn , September 2, 2012 9:55 PM
    freggoOr hemorrhoid cream...
    They'll have a camera in the toilet to see if you have them or not.
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    JOSHSKORN , September 3, 2012 9:40 AM
    Give this technology to Walmart. Thy customers will soon learn, then stop shopping there.
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    mr_tuel , September 3, 2012 5:41 PM
    This puts me that much closer to closing my Facebook account