Focusing public attention on emerging privacy and civil liberties issues

Facebook Acquires Facial Recognition Company

Facebook announced the acquisition of, a facial recognition technology company and long-time business partner of Facebook. Facebook uses an automatic facial recognition system, called "tag suggestions," to create a database of users' biometric information. Last year, EPIC filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, stating that Facebook created biometric profiles of users without their explicit consent, failed to provide a clear mechanism for the deletion of these profiles, and failed to take adequate safeguards to ensure that users' biometric information would not be accessible to government agents and other third parties. In recent comments to the FTC, EPIC recommended the suspension of facial recognition technology deployment until adequate safeguards and privacy standards are established. For more information, see EPIC: Facial Recognition and EPIC: Facebook and Facial Recognition.



TrackBack URL for this entry:

« Senator Schumer: High Resolution Mapping Must Respect Privacy | Main | House Panel Votes to Renew Surveillance Law Without New Safeguards »