Facebook to Be Investigated By European Union Data-Protection Regulators

Facebook to Be Investigated By European Union Data-Protection Regulators

World’s most popular social networking site, Facebook Inc. has launched a new photo tagging feature known as ‘Tag Suggestions’, which will the users to identify their friends automatically in photos without their permission.

The feature was developed in December but has made available by the website recently in most of the countries. The feature has not received a warm welcome as some of the technology experts have raised concern over its privacy protection.

The European Union data-protection regulators have announced that will launch an investigation into the new feature of the Facebook to ensure whether it provides privacy to the users or not. The regulators have also criticized the company for policy changes that could harm users’ privacy.

A Spokesman, Ciara O’Sullivan has confirmed that the Irish data-protection authority is also looking into the matter of Facebook.

Gerard Lommel, a Luxembourg member of the so-called Article 29 Data Protection Working Party said, “Tags of people on pictures should only happen based on people’s prior consent and it can’t be activated by default”.

Graham Cluley, a Senior Technology Consultant for Sophos, a British Internet security firm, has described the new feature "creepy" and said that Facebook has committed an offense by not informing its users about the feature.

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