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Google Execs Debate Facial Recognition Launch


May 21, 2010

There's an internal debate going on over at Google right now, the Financial Times reports, as the company's executives are wrestling over whether to launch controversial facial recognition technology. Google CEO Eric Schmidt noted that recent public disputes over privacy issues have caused the management team to review its procedures and the launch of new technologies, saying, "Facial recognition is a good example...anything we did in that area would be highly, highly planned, discussed and reviewed." Google currently uses the technology in its photo sharing service, but held back on launching the technology more broadly. Schmidt has not, however, ruled out introducing the technology in the future, the report states.
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