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Facebook Camera Checks Into Businesses With Your Face

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."

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?

  • viper666
    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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  • alidan
    no business with this will get my money.
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  • myromance123
    Yeah, I can imagine going to a bathroom and then getting recommended toilet paper discounts for this.
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  • tomfreak
    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
    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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  • 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
    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
    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
    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
    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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