Facebook to Suspend Facial Recognition Tool
Facebook has recently suspended its facial recognition tool, a utility built into Facebook which automatically generated tagging suggestions when users uploaded photos.
The Data Protection Commissioner of Ireland, Billy Hawkes called a stop to this feature after it was thought that it was invasive of personal privacy. New users will no longer have access to this tool, and existing users will find themselves without it as the agreed deadline, 15th October arises.
Facebook announced that it will not wholly be ditching the feature, and will be looking of ways to obtain consent from its users.
Richard Allan, Facebook’s policy director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa said: “Our intention is to reinstate the tag-suggest feature, but consistent with new guidelines. The service will need a different form of notice and consent.”
He also goes on to say that very few complaints have been reported due to the feature, and that many users found the tool both helpful and discreet.