Facebook makes controversial face recognition feature opt-in by default

Facebook Rolls Out Face Recognition Feature Kills Tagging Option

Facebook replaces setting that only suggested friends to tag in photos

Social media giant Facebook is getting rid of its familiar tag-suggestions feature, which used facial recognition to identify photos of you and suggest that your friends tag you in them, and vice versa. This lets users manage whether Facebook uses face recognition technology on photos of you in order to suggest tags.

The company previously began offering some users a settingin late 2017 that allowed them to decide broadly whether or not facial recognition was used in their Facebook experience. It also provided "an easy on or off switch for a broader set of uses of face recognition, such as helping you protect your identity on Facebook".

Facebook said those who don't already have the feature will soon receive a notice in their news feeds about the new feature along with a button to turn it on or keep it off.

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"We've continued to engage with privacy experts, academics, regulators and people on Facebook about how we use face recognition and the options you have to control it". In June of the year 2011, we were already saying things like "Facebook has had a facial recognition system for awhile now". If you approve, then those tags will be added to the image.

It just got a bit harder for your friends to tag you in embarrassing photos. 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.

The lawsuit by IL users accused the company of violating the state's Biometric Information Privacy Act, claiming it illegally collected and stored biometric data of millions of users without their consent.

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If they choose not to, however, Face Recognition will remain disabled by default. Last month the company lost a federal appeal that would have stopped the lawsuit, and it could potentially be out billions of dollars. The face recognition setting was first introduced in 2017 to a small number of people.

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.

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