The Windows 10 operating system has the Photos app installed by default. As can be deduced from its name, the Photos app is the default image and photo viewer with which you can open practically any type of image file. In addition, throughout the OS updates, the Photos app has been considerably improved with new functions, among which we can find facial recognition.
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As you may already know, the Windows 10 Photos app, in addition to viewing photos, also allows you to organize them based on certain parameters for grouping them into albums. In addition, the Photos app integrates seamlessly with the Microsoft OneDrive cloud service. This means that you can gather and group all the images and videos from various devices (where you use the same Microsoft user account) in the same app.
But this is not all, since thanks to the Face Detection and Recognition function, it will allow you to identify which people appear in each of your photos and in this way to be able to organize / group them based on the people who are in those photos. The facial recognition feature of the Windows 10 Photos app is named after: People
The People function synchronizes the information of your contacts and uses it to detect these people in the photos or images displayed in the Windows 10 Photos app. After this detection and face recognition, the Photos app is able to group the photos they contain to the same person.
This function a priori may seem very useful, and it is, however, other aspects must be taken into account, such as privacy. It should be noted that this facial recognition technology can store different parameters of people’s faces and processed by Microsoft servers, so it could store them and use them for other purposes.
In addition, it is necessary to take into account the amount of memory that the Photos application can consume in Windows 10. This amount increases exponentially in the case of activating the People function of Photos, since the collection of the face parameters is also stored in your computer locally.
That said, below we show you step by step how to activate or deactivate the People function (facial recognition) in the Photos app of Windows 10:
Learn how to enable or disable the People function (facial recognition) in the Windows 10 Photos app.
1. Open the Windows Photos app which you can do through the search field or the start menu.
2. When the Photos app interface is displayed, you will have to click on the three ellipsis icon in the upper right corner.
3. In the drop-down menu you will have to select the option: Setting.
4. Now in the new screen you will have to scroll down until you find the section: Persons
5. Here you will find the switch that allows you to activate or deactivate the function:
By “turning on” the People settings, you agree to enable facial recognition that will automatically group people from your photos and videos. This data will be stored on your device. If you “disable” it, all facial grouping data on your device will be permanently removed. By enabling the People feature, you represent that you have all appropriate consents from the people of your photos and videos.
6. Once you have activated or deactivated this function, you can close the application.
Important note: Remember that if you have activated the Person function of the photos app (recognition) in your images, you must have the consent of all the people who appear in said photos, otherwise you may be incurring an infringement against privacy.
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