Facebook to look into face recognition software’s security concerns

July 27th, 2011 - 8:14 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, July 27 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Facebook’s new facial recognition software is continuing to generate a lot of controversy. The new feature was introduced in the United States last December and already some consumer groups are demanding to know the kind of data that are being collected.

The new program scans a picture as it is loaded and suggests friends based on the recognition of the image. A complaint has already been filed against Facebook at the Federal Trade Commission. The complaint alleges that Facebook is not been transparent enough with the kind of biometric information that they are collecting and how the data is being handled.

The European Union has also received similar complaints and investigation is ongoing. Canada is not part of the countries that have the service available. According to Facebook, the company decides when to introduce services in specific countries.

In 2009, Facebook was forced to change its privacy policy worldwide when the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic complained about how Facebook was handling user data.

Facebook is the largest social networking company in the world with more than 600 million registered users. The company is currently one of the biggest Internet companies in the world estimated to be worth several billions of dollars.

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