Apr 18, 2018
Facebook seeks facial recognition consent in EU and Canada
Facebook has started asking European and Canadian users to let it use facial recognition technology to identify them in photos and videos. Facebook originally began face-matching users outside Canada in 2011, but stopped doing so for EU citizens the following year after protests from regulators and privacy campaigners. The social network is also facing a class-action lawsuit in the US for deploying the facial recognition technology there without users' explicit consent. Users outside the EU and Canada will be prompted to review a similar set of privacy controls in the coming months, but they will continue to be subject to facial recognition unless they opt out of the system. "There are a number of outstanding issues on which we await further responses from Facebook," Ireland's data protection commissioner told the BBC. "In particular, the Irish DPC is querying the technology around facial recognition and whether Facebook needs to scan all faces - ie those without consent as well - to use the facial recognition technology."
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