Monday, 16 September, 2019

Facebook brings face recognition to all users, discontinues 'Tag Suggestions'

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Russell Knight | 04 September, 2019, 11:48

Instead, everyone will now have the face recognition setting that the company initially rolled out to some users in 2017, and which the company has claimed is used to beef up user security, such as by alerting users when they may appear in a photo they're not tagged in or when someone may be using a user's photo on their own profile.

Facebook on Tuesday said that its facial recognition technology applied to photos by default currently, will now be an opt-in feature.

Almost two years ago, Facebook introduced a face recognition feature that went beyond suggesting friends to tag in pictures or videos but could let user know when they were in images they had permission to see elsewhere on the service. People will still be able to manually tag friends, but we won't suggest you to be tagged if you do not have face recognition turned on.

Face recognition, which was available to some Facebook users since December 2017, notifies an account holder if their profile photo is used by someone else or if they appear in photos where they have not been tagged. This lets users manage whether Facebook uses face recognition technology on photos of you in order to suggest tags.

"We have always disclosed our use of face recognition technology and that people can turn it on or off at any time", Facebook said last month.

Facebook is updating settings involving facial recognition on the social network.

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This means facial recognition won't be used by default to recognize a user in photos or videos, or to suggest their friends tag them in such content.

If all of this transparency about data privacy and education about its policies sound uncharacteristically altruistic, think again.

This work is the last phase of a long-planned deprecation of the Tag Suggestions setting.

Tying into these updates, Facebook is also making improvements to the face recognition settings interface itself. Face recognition is part of that conversation.

Just weeks ago, a USA appeals court in San Francisco rejected Facebook's attempt to undo a lawsuit that alleged the social network unlawfully used facial recognition technology to gather millions of users' biometric data. Anyone who doesn't already have this setting will be able to notified and asked if they want to turn it on.

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