Facebook suspends photo tag tool in Europe

Facebook has suspended the facial-recognition tool that suggests when registered users could be tagged in photographs uploaded to its website.The move follows a review of Facebook’s efforts to implement changes recommended by the Data Protection Commissioner of Ireland last year.Billy Hawkes, who did not request the tool’s total removal, said he was encouraged by the decision to switch it off for users in Europe by 15 October.
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-19675172Also see:Facebook Can ID Faces, but Using Them Grows Tricky
Facebook on Friday confronted a new obstacle over what to do with one of its most vital assets — pictures.The company promised European regulators that it would forgo using facial recognition software to automatically identify its users on the Continent, and delete a database that held millions of pictures uploaded in Europe.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/22/technology/facebook-backs-down-on-face-recognition-in-europe.htmlFacebook to delete all European facial recognition data [IDG]
Facebook will delete all facial recognition data it stores about its European users, going beyond recommendations of the Irish data protection authority, the agency said on Friday.Facebook has complied with most, but not all, of the recommendations that the agency made last year, the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) said in a new audit report detailing its review of Facebook’s policy changes since the first audit in December 2011.
www.computerworld.com.au/article/437105/facebook_fixes_most_privacy_concerns_raised_by_irish_data_protection_commissioner/Facebook tightens privacy to satisfy Irish regulator
Facebook Inc has tightened up its privacy controls sufficiently to satisfy a review by the body that regulates the social networking company outside North America, removing the immediate threat of legal challenges.The world’s biggest social network makes most of its money from advertising, but has to walk a fine line to avoid giving its over 950 million users the impression it is invading their privacy to boost revenue.

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