Facebook to roll out 'Face Recognition' privacy feature

Facebook to roll out 'Face Recognition' privacy feature

Facebook to roll out 'Face Recognition' privacy feature

For starters, Facebook says that, previously, it only used facial recognition technology for the "tag suggestions" feature, which scans photos for your friends' faces, and suggests you tag them if you wish (manual tagging has always been an option, too).

The old feature enabled users to choose whether Facebook could suggest that their friends tag them in photos, without giving them control over other uses of the technology.

"People who newly join Facebook or who previously had the tag-suggestions setting will have the face-recognition setting", the company said.

People who had the tag suggestions setting turned off will see a notice about face recognition and a button to turn it on or keep it off.

Facebook today introduced it'd be rolling out its facial recognition settings to everybody - and that and that it'd be turned off by default for brand new users.

How do I turn off Facebook Face Recognition?

Ultimately, Facebook was ordered to adhere to a number of new measures around its face recognition technology, including educating users on how it works and requiring the company to obtain their consent if their data is used for reasons beyond what was explicitly outlined by the company. For example, Facebook has been fighting accusations that it violated biometric privacy laws in the state of IL by allegedly misusing users' face data. This allowed the company to automatically suggest tags based on your friends list, in a feature called "tag suggestions". This controlled tag suggestions, as well as the ability for Facebook to alert users if their photos were being used by someone else on the platform. As a part of this feature, Facebook notifies its users about pictures and posts where he or she may be present but have not been tagged. You can simply switch it on or off via the Face Recognition tab in Facebook's settings.

The changes are now in effect all over the world, and some users with specific settings will start seeing prompts to decide in to face acknowledgment beginning today.

That decision was the first time a federal appeals court has delved into privacy issues related to facial recognition technology, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

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