The Eu Vigilantes Are at It Again, This Time They Are Taking on Facebook’s Facial Recognition
By on June 8th, 2011

The European Union is doing it again. They are taking a stand against the feature Facebook is pushing recently- facial recognition. Facebook has enabled the feature automatically on millions of its user accounts and this has upset the privacy vigilantes again. The EU is particularly upset about this and has issued a probe into the matter.
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The EU has fair reason to be upset. Facebook has enabled the feature by default on all user accounts but it goes a step further. Users are allowed to opt-out of this feature but it identifies faces anyway and suggests names to tag too. This means, Facebook will retain data on your facial recognition which raises flags from all privacy watchdogs. Facebook might be the world’s largest social network but these privacy breaches it is making continuously are desperate and repeated attempts to increase the tolerance level of people towards privacy breaches.

As obvious, those who are concerned about privacy do not like this. Facebook has this to say about tag suggestions:

We launched Tag Suggestions to help people add tags of their friends in photos; something that’s currently done more than 100 million times a day. Tag Suggestions are only made to people when they add new photos to the site, and only friends are suggested.

Tagging friends on Facebook might be fun or something like a feature, but enabling this new feature by default will simply annoy users. I do not want to get tagged in more images and get blasted with notifications.

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Author: Chinmoy Kanjilal Google Profile for Chinmoy Kanjilal
Chinmoy Kanjilal is a FOSS enthusiast and evangelist. He is passionate about Android. Security exploits turn him on and he loves to tinker with computer networks. He rants occasionally at Techarraz.com. You can connect with him on Twitter @ckandroid.

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