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Facial Recognition Concerns Persist

SOCIAL NETWORKING

June 13, 2011

Financial Times reports that privacy groups have filed a complaint over Facebook's facial recognition technology with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Meanwhile, questions persist across the globe about the automatically enabled feature, which allows users to more easily identify and "tag" people they know in photos on the site. Among those raising concerns is the New Zealand Privacy Commission, which suggests the feature may breach users' privacy. The U.S. complaint, meanwhile, seeks the suspension of the feature "pending a full investigation, the establishment of stronger privacy standards and a requirement that automated identification, based on user photos, require opt-in consent." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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