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Facebook Halts Face ID Tech, For Now

BIOMETRICS

September 24, 2012

The New York Times reports on Facebook’s agreement with European regulators to stop using its facial recognition software and delete users’ facial identification data. “The development of these tools in the private sector directly affects civil liberties,” said University of California, Berkeley Law Prof. Chris Hoofnagle, adding, “The ultimate application is going to be—can we apply these patterns in video surveillance to automatically identify people for security purposes and maybe for marketing purposes as well?” Ireland Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes has said he is satisfied with the company’s privacy upgrades, but some in Europe do not think they have gone far enough. Meanwhile, Financial Times reports the company is working to improve its ad tracking systems. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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