Facebook to stop using facial recognition tagging on your pics after court battle

FACEBOOK is changing its photo-tagging suggestions feature after a court battle over privacy violation laws.

From today, new users will have to opt into allow the social media giant to use facial recognition on photos – rather than opt out.

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This comes after a lawsuit in Illinois debated the use of biometric data for “tag suggestions”.

A federal court ruled last month that users can sue the company over the use of facial recognition technology.

Facial recognition is the most commonly used to tag people in photos and will guess the name of the people in your photos.

Users will get a message telling you to agree to Facebook collecting your biometric data, or refuse it to keep your face private.

Prior to this it was an automatic feature and users had to manually change the feature to stop the site gaining access to potentially private images.

Facebook AI researcher Srinivas Narayanan wrote: “The tag suggestions setting, which only controls whether we can suggest that your friends tag you in photos or videos using face recognition will no longer be available,” he added.

The face recognition feature will effectively replace the “tag suggestions” feature, which has been at the center of ongoing litigation since 2015.

Last month, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Facebook must face a class-action lawsuit over whether it violated user privacy with its facial recognition tools.

 

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