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Your Facebook Pictures may Expire Soon

January 21, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

“German researchers have created software called X-Pire that gives images an expiration date by tagging them with an encrypted key.

Once this date has passed the key stops the images being viewed and copied.

Creators plan to levy a small charge to use the tagging system and put a digital lock on digital pictures.

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,” said Professor Michael Backes of the Information Security and Cryptography department at Saarland University, who led development of X-Pire.

Dr Backes said 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.”

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