Facebook gives up face recognition function

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MENLO PARK (dpa-AFX) – Facebook (Facebook share) abolishes the face recognition function with which users could be automatically tagged in photos. Stored data to identify the faces of more than a billion people will be deleted, as the online network announced on Tuesday. There are concerns in society about the use of face recognition technologies – and regulators are still in the process of developing rules for it, it was said to justify.

Most recently, users had to give their express consent for their names to be shown automatically to Facebook friends in photos. In Europe in particular, the online network with facial recognition encountered resistance from data protectionists.


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