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Facebook Images To Get Expiration Date 306

Posted by timothy
from the reducing-the-awkward-moments dept.
Pickens writes "BBC reports that researchers have created software that gives images an expiration date by tagging them with an encrypted key so that once this date has passed the key stops the images being viewed and copied. Professor Michael Backes, who led development of the X-Pire system, says development work began about 18 months ago as potentially risky patterns of activity on social networks, such as Facebook, showed a pressing need for such a system. 'More and more people are publishing private data to the internet and it's clear that some things can go wrong if it stays there too long,' says Backes. The X-Pire software creates encrypted copies of images and asks those uploading them to give each one an expiration date. Viewing these images requires the free X-Pire browser add-on. When the viewer encounters an encrypted image it sends off a request for a key to unlock it. This key will only be sent, and the image become viewable, if the expiration date has not been passed."
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Facebook Images To Get Expiration Date

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  • Re:Debunked (Score:5, Informative)

    by http (589131) on Thursday January 20, 2011 @08:42PM (#34947132) Homepage Journal

    Even theoretical trust in Facebook is misplaced. Here's a piece of news that you may have forgotten in the multitude of fucked up things Facebook has done over the past few years:

    Deleted' images are never deleted. [arstechnica.com]

    In my experience, they are de-linked, but remain at the exact same URL. Also, they remain there even though my account has been "closed" for almost two years. Personally tested with dozens of images.
    The fact is, "Deleting the image from Facebook is not done."

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