Privacy concerns block Facebook Moments in EU

An upgrade to Facebooks sophisticated facial recognition app means that users can be identified by other visual clues. The app has been blocked in the EU due to privacy concerns.

Privacy concerns block Facebook Moments in EU

World Bulletin / News Desk

Facebook's precision facial recognition technology, that can automatically tag faces in pictures uploaded to the website, could be getting an upgrade. The social networking giant has developed experimental technology that can work out who you are even if it can't see your face.

According to New Scientist, and a report in the Business Insider, the app looks for other identifiers — regularly-worn clothing, a distinctive ,posture, or a signature haircut — and uses these clues to identify the person in the photo.

The technology is being developed at Facebook's artificial intelligence lab,and according to New Scientist, in their tests, the team's software was able to recognise individuals with 83% accuracy, even if the faces were partially obscured

"There are a lot of cues we use," Facebook's head of AI told New Scientist. "People have characteristic aspects, even if you look at them from the back ... For example, you can recognise Mark Zuckerberg very easily, because he always wears a gray T-shirt."

Facebook recently launched Moments, an app that scans a user's photo roll on their phone, detects who are in the photos, and offers to send them to them. This provides users with an easy way to share lots of photos at once — and gives Facebook access to large quantities of new image data in the process.

 Facebook's tag suggestion service that detects and identifies a person in a photo isn't operational in Europe because of privacy concerns by regulators and watchdogs. Moments is not currently in Europe with no plans to release it there. It was launched in June and it automatically scans a user's camera roll on their smartphone for their friends' photos using Facebook's facial recognition software. It then lets you send over the photos to the friends identified in them.

he Californian company removed the function from the programme following pressure from regulators. Europe takes a stronger stance on data protection and privacy issues than the US, and one of the main points was that the service was opt-out rather than opt-in — users' biometric information was collected by default. Germany's data protection commissioner Joannes Caspar argued this was illegal

 

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