Following recommendations from the Data Protection Commissioner of Ireland, facebook has suspended the facial recognition feature on the website. The feature recognised faces in the background of images and allowed people to be tagged.
The Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) gave Facebook six months to comply with its recommendations in December. DPC Mr Hawkes was encouraged by the decision to switch the feature off for European users by 15th October 2012. The facility is no longer unavailable to new users.
He said that Facebook “is sending a clear signal of its wish to demonstrate its commitment to best practice in data protection compliance.”