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Facebook has switched off its photo facial recognition technology in the EU following a privacy probe from regulators. The service, which automatically suggests people to tag by scanning faces within the photos, was deemed a threat to privacy

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Facebook has switched off its photo facial recognition technology in the EU following a privacy probe from regulators. The service, which automatically suggests people to tag by scanning faces within the photos, was deemed a threat to privacy, according to the Irish data protection commission.

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Billy Hawkes, who led the initial investigation and subsequent audit, said Facebook had gone beyond recommendations by totally abandoning the face-rec tech in the EU.

“I am particularly encouraged in relation to the approach it has decided to adopt on the tag suggest/facial recognition feature by in fact agreeing to go beyond our initial recommendations, in light of developments since then, in order to achieve best practice,” he said.

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