Facebook just made some updates to its policies, and it looks like your profile picture may become a little more important to other pictures you upload as well.
The change in their policy states that the social network is considering using your profile picture to help suggest tags of you in pictures that match your likeness. It's a slight change, but it's another change that aims to use your face as a slice of data. As you might be familiar with now (we hope), Facebook uses previously tagged pictures of you to help suggest other tags, but hasn't yet, until now, used your profile picture. You're able to turn off tag suggestions at any time by going into your account settings, and we're hoping this new feature will disable too if you already have it set to "off."
Here is the text from the new, updated policy:
"We are able to suggest that your friend tag you in a picture by scanning and comparing your friend’s pictures to information we’ve put together from your profile pictures and the other photos in which you’ve been tagged."
This is the old version, for comparison:
"We are able to suggest that your friend tag you in a picture by scanning and comparing your friend's pictures to information we've put together from the other photos you've been tagged in. This allows us to make these suggestions."
This isn't set in stone yet, and is just a proposed change. Facebook gives users seven days to submit feedback regarding changes, so if you're not feelin' this, make your voice heard. Or, you can just use something other than your face as your profile picture. Something, like, Colonel Meow: