New App Matches Pics From Mobile Devices to a Name, Online Profiles

January 9, 2014 – In The News
SC Magazine

Scott L. Vernick was quoted in the SC Magazine article, "New App Matches Pics From Mobile Devices to a Name, Online Profiles." Full text can be found in the January 9, 2014, article, but a synopsis is noted below.

Developers are working on an app called “NameTag” that will match photos of an average person off the street with a name and other images and profiles from social networking sites.

According to noted privacy attorney Scott L. Vernick, the app could raise two major legal concerns: the potential for images to be used for material gain without an individual’s consent and the potential for pictures to cast someone in poor light.

“It could also be open to libel or defamation," Vernick said, explaining that the app "could pick up all types of compromising pictures that you might not want someone to see."

“If somehow this [app] gathers all this stuff, which is ultimately not flattering or shows someone in a poor light, that seems to be an issue here," he said.