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Facial Recognition Plan Spurs More Concerns

SOCIAL NETWORKING

June 9, 2011

Privacy concerns abound after announcements about Facebook's new facial recognition feature allowing users to more easily identify and "tag" people in photos. Reports indicate that both the EU Article 29 Working Party and Ireland's Data Protection Authority plan to study the new feature, which is activated by default and requires users to opt out if they don't want to be tagged. The UK Information Commissioner's Office is speaking to Facebook about the new technology, while probes about online tagging are already underway in Switzerland and Germany. In the U.S., Tech Daily Dose reports, Bipartisan Congressional Privacy Caucus Co-Chairman Ed Markey said, "Requiring users to disable this feature after they've already been included by Facebook is no substitute for an opt-in process."
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