The Straits Times
Published on Sep 22, 2012

Facebook switches off facial recognition tool in Europe


LONDON (AFP) - Facebook said on Friday it had switched off the facial-recognition tool that prompts users to "tag" photographs uploaded to its website following a privacy investigation.

The feature was identified by regulators as one of the main privacy threats posed by the social networking site.

Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes, who launched the probe because Facebook's European operations are based in Ireland, said he was happy that the site had agreed to remove the tool in Europe by Oct 15.

New users are already unable to access it.