Yesterday we heard about a new feature on Facebook, facial recognition for photos, and now it seems that the European regulators will be investigation Facebook’s new feature.
According to a recent report by Bloomberg, privacy watchdog’s from the EU’s 27 countries will be investigating the new feature to see whether it is against European rules.
Gerard Lommel, a member of the Articl 29 Data Protection Working Party, had the following to say about the new photo recognition feature in Facebook.
“Tags of people on pictures should only happen based on people’s prior consent and it can’t be activated by default,” said Lommel. Such automatic tagging suggestions “can bear a lot of risks for users” and the European data-protection officials will “clarify to Facebook that this can’t happen like this.”
It will be interesting to see what the outcome of the EU’s investigation will be, and whether or not they will force Facebook to make users opt in to the facial recognition rather than the current opt out settings.