Regulatory Concerns Check Facebook From Offering Moments In Europe
European regulators’ serious concerns about Facebook’s facial-recognition technology have compelled the letter not to introduce its new photo-sharing app Moments in Europe.
Facebook launched the Moments app earlier this week in the US. With the app, users can share pictures with friends or family without uploading them on Facebook main website.
The social media giant has introduced facial-recognition technology in its new app, which groups the images by identifying the imaged people.
Facebook’s head of policy in Europe, Richard Allan, has announced that the company will provide the service in European Union only after reaching an agreement with regulators in Ireland.
“Regulators have told us we have to offer an opt-in choice to people to do this,” Allan wrote in an email. “We don’t have an opt-in mechanism so it is turned off until we develop one.”
Facebook doesn’t have any concrete schedule to develop the mechanism, Allan further said. The statement indicates that the service might not be available in Europe at all, as was reported by The Register.
Facebook’s facial-recognition technology is being considered as a threat to ethics. The technology scans images to compare their features with previously stored facial scans.
Facebook’s privacy policies have recently come under much condemnation in Europe. This week, Belgium’s data-protection watchdog filed a suit against Facebook over its use of “like” and “share” buttons for tracking purposes, The Wall Street Journal observes.