Facebook new app Moments is not going to launch in Europe
In former week, Facebook has launched Moments which is a app for photo sharing that uses the technology of facial recognition to take out forgotten snaps of friends from the camera roll. It is a smart trick but European Facebook users will not be able to try out. Facebook said that Moments will not be launch on the continent due to qualms that European managers will object to the use of facial recognition.
Richard Allan, Facebook’s head of policy in Europe told The Wall Street Journal that Regulators have told them to recommend an opt-in choice to people to do that. He also said that they don’t have an opt-in mechanism so it is switch off until they develop one. Allan said that there is presently no timeline for Facebook to develop an option like that.
In 2012 after an audit by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner describes that the dislike of facial recognition by European regulators is deep-rooted with Facebook previously forced to withdraw the technology for the users of Europe on its main sites. At present Facebook said it expected to reintroduce the same feature. The Facebook is not alone in facing restrictions in the same area even Google Photo app recently launched by Google also uses facial recognition to arrange snaps by whom in them, has also confines its use of the technology to the United States.
At the same time America appears to be somewhat accepting of facial recognition but as the technology becomes more extensive and more precise, it is possible that famous opinion will change. In the Former week the EFF i.e. Electronic Frontier Foundation and eight other privacy advocacy organizations withdrew from talks with law enforcement of US aimed at launching a code of demeanour for the use of the technology.
The EFF posted in a blog post that it was especially worried about commercial use of face recognition because of the opportunity to get the data composed will be shared with the federal government and law enforcement. The organization also noted that the FBI’s standard warrant requesting data from Facebook asks for copies of all the images the user is tagged in but that in future this warrant might just instead by the request underlying face recognition data.