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Facebook suspends facial recognition in Europe

Facebook has agreed to suspend its facial recognition tool in the European Union and delete data collected on the profiles of its users, the network announced on Friday.
The Irish commissioner in charge of data protection, Billy Hawkes, said for his part that the data on “existing users would be cleared by October 15,” while the tool had already been suspended for new users. Mr. Hawkes said he was “particularly encouraged” by the decision to Facebook to go beyond the initial recommendations of the authorities.
Facial recognition in Facebook analyzes old photos that were tagged to suggest the names of the people who appear in newly uploaded pictures. Since its launch in 2011, European organizations have been complaining because of the possible breach in privacy and data protection.