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Facebook facial recognition technology not coming to Canada

New technology recognizes faces in photos automatically

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Facebook’s new facial-recognition technology for photographs will not launch in Canada, a Facebook representative has confirmed. The rep did not say why Canada won’t adopt the controversial technology, which is capable of recognizing faces in photographs automatically, whether the user knows the person being identified or not. Digital rights groups in the U.S. are against the technology, arguing that it’s a gross invasion of privacy. Facebook users are not asked for their permission to be targeted by the technology, but must opt out instead. A coalition of U.S. digital rights groups has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission as a result.

The Globe and Mail

 

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