Facebook recently changed its privacy settings to allow for facial recognition in photos — and the social-networking site did so by opting its users into the service. European officials began probing the change. Now, Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass), a co-chairman of the House caucus on privacy, is seeking an investigation of the move by Facebook, reports the Boston Herald.
“Requiring users to disable this feature after they’ve already been included by Facebook is no substitute for an opt-in process,” said the Malden Democrat, who called for an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission.
The feature, deployed to more and more users over the last few months, is now live for almost all Facebook users. It uses facial-recognition software to suggest names for the people in photos you upload to the site, without their permission. […]
Facebook, which didn’t respond to a request for comment, has apologized to its users.