Published: Wed, September 04, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Facebook puts a stop to its creepy default face scanning feature

Facebook puts a stop to its creepy default face scanning feature

The decision to implement the face recognition technique comes amid privacy concerns and increasing unease about facial recognition technology which can also be used to identify people. An Illinois lawsuit accused Facebook of violating the state's Biometric Information Privacy Act by illegally collecting and storing data of millions users.

People new to Facebook or who had the "tag" feature operating will get word from the social network about the face recognition setting along with an easy way to turn it on if they wish, according to Narayanan.

Facebook says it's giving the ax to one face-scanning tool and introducing a wider rollout for another - this time by giving users a heads up about it first. "People will still be able to manually tag friends, but we won't suggest you to be tagged if you do not have face recognition turned on." the company said.

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It started asking users in the United Kingdom if they wanted to allow the platform to use facial recognition technology to identify them in photos and videos in April 2018. When someone "tags" you in a photo, it creates a link to your Facebook profile. And today, Facebook announced that this same facial recognition technology is now being rolled it out to all of its users. The "tag suggestions" feature will be no more, and Facebook will no longer automatically opt new users into the feature, though anyone who previously had it enabled will continue to be opted-in unless they update their settings.

Tag Suggestions, which used face recognition only to suggest a user to tag friends in photos, has been at the center of a privacy related lawsuit since 2015. And the company said it doesn't sell its technology or share your face-recognition information with third parties. Subsequently, the users who don't see the notice or ignore the provided options will have the feature turned "off" by default until they decide to modify their preferences through the settings menu. Today, a Facebook representative by the name of Srinivas Narayanan, Applied Research Lead, Facebook AI said that Facebook has "only used face recognition technology to automatically suggest tags for your friends in photos".

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