Jan 30, 2020

Facebook settles facial recognition dispute

Facebook has settled a long-running legal dispute about the way it scans and tags people's photos. It comes as facial recognition use by the police, and in public spaces, comes under intense scrutiny. Facebook began using facial recognition in the US in 2010 when it automatically tagged people in photos using its tag suggestions tool. "This settlement represents the second major settlement from Facebook in six months. Protecting people's information and privacy has become a top priority for it and it has more than 1,000 engineers working on privacy-related projects," said Christopher Rossbach, of investment bank J Stern & Co. Live facial recognition systems are now being adopted across society, but questions remain about how useful such tools are in recognising faces. The Chinese government has started rolling out facial recognition in pharmacies in Shanghai.

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