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Facebook Drops Face Recognition in Europe Amid Privacy Concerns

Posted By yihan On September 22, 2012 @ 2:26 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

Christian Watjen
The Epoch Times [1]
Saturday, September 22, 2012

Under fire from regulators, Facebook agreed to switch off its face recognition feature for its users in the European Union, the Irish Data Protection Commissioner announced in a press release Friday.

“This feature has already been turned off for new users in the EU and templates for existing users will be deleted by 15 October,” Commissioner Billy Hawkes said in the release.

Face recognition allows Facebook to suggest name tags to users for photos uploaded on the site.

Following 22 complaints by an Austrian group against Facebook in August 2011, the commissioner conducted a comprehensive audit [2] of the social networking site’s compliance with Irish and EU law, that was released in December 2011.

Full story here. [1]

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[1] The Epoch Times: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/world/facebook-drops-face-recognition-in-europe-amid-privacy-concerns-295098.html

[2] comprehensive audit: http://dataprotection.ie/documents/facebook%20report/final%20report/report.pdf

[3] Facebook facial recognition software violates privacy laws, says Germany: http://www.prisonplanet.com/facebook-facial-recognition-software-violates-privacy-laws-says-germany.html

[4] Germany Is Freaking Out About Facebook’s Facial Recognition Feature: http://www.prisonplanet.com/germany-is-freaking-out-about-facebooks-facial-recognition-feature.html

[5] Facebook Is Now Using Facial Recognition Technology – Have You Checked Your Privacy Settings Lately?: http://www.prisonplanet.com/facebook-is-now-using-facial-recognition-technology-%e2%80%93-have-you-checked-your-privacy-settings-lately.html

[6] Facebook users raise privacy concerns as company tweaks security settings: http://www.prisonplanet.com/facebook-users-raise-privacy-concerns-as-company-tweaks-security-settings.html

[7] Facebook Publishes Private Messages In Privacy Breach: http://www.prisonplanet.com/facebook-publishes-private-messages-in-privacy-breach.html

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