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Facebook’s facial recognition to be probed

The Norwegian Data Protection Agency is planning to launch an investigation into Facebook’s facial recognition feature this fall, a spokesman said on Monday.

Last year, Facebook added the ability to use facial recognition technology to help to tag images as default feature to users worldwide.

“[Facial recognition] is a technology that it is important to have critical view of, and see how it is actually used,” said Ove Skåra, communications manager at the Norwegian Data Protection Agency or Datatilsynet.

The agency plans to start digging into how Facebook’s feature works, and have a dialogue with Facebook about it.

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