Facebook, like an old "friend" from high school who wants to get coffee and catch up some time, wishes it knew more about your personal life. At least, that's according to a couple of reports this week outlining a sharp decline in "original," personal posts from its users, and what Facebook is trying to do to reverse the trend. According to the Information, sharing across Facebook dropped about 5 percent year over year as of mid-2015. But that includes personal stuff such as engagement announcements, baby pictures or vacation photos as well as links to content that's already public, such as news articles. And personal sharing has dropped 21 percent year over year, the Information reported.
The boom of mobile devices and cloud services has led to an explosion of personal photo and video data. However, due to the missing user-generated metadata such as titles or descriptions, it usually takes a user a lot of swipes to find some video on the cell phone. To solve the problem, we present an innovative idea called Visual Memory QA which allow a user not only to search but also to ask questions about her daily life captured in the personal videos. The proposed system automatically analyzes the content of personal videos without user-generated metadata, and offers a conversational interface to accept and answer questions. To the best of our knowledge, it is the first to answer personal questions discovered in personal photos or videos. The example questions are "what was the lat time we went hiking in the forest near San Francisco?"; "did we have pizza last week?"; "with whom did I have dinner in AAAI 2015?".
The Ministry of Trade, Economy and Industry might set up a system to allow consumers to obtain their personal data, such as online shopping records and smartphone location-tracking data, from businesses in an electronic format, informed sources said. The system would also allow people to sell their data to other companies. At present, consumers can retrieve their personal data in a written format, in principle. The ministry thinks the new system will help increase requests for personal data disclosure and promote personal data transfers between businesses. Any improvement in the marketability of personal data is expected to help companies develop new products and services, such as automobile insurance policies that can be especially tailored to particular drivers, based on their driving data.
The government on Tuesday adopted a bill requiring companies to obtain consent from users when handing over personal data, such as internet browsing history, to third parties. The bill, approved at a Cabinet meeting, requires consent when it is clear that the data can be traced to individuals by third parties. The bill to revise the Act on the Protection of Personal Information comes after Recruit Career Co., the operator of the Rikunabi job information website, was found to have sold data predicting the odds of job-hunting students declining informal job offers. The data was based on personal information such as internet browsing history. The bill also makes it easier for individuals to demand that businesses stop using their data.