The 45,000-plus developers that previously used facial-recognition application-programming interfaces from Face.com and saw those APIs shuttered after the company was acquired by Facebook may have an alternative via startup Lambda Labs.

TechCrunch reported that the early-stage startup rolled out an open beta version of its Face API for developers, which is fully compatible with results from the Face.com API, and it is available for their use free of charge.

Lambda Labs Co-Founder Stephen Balaban told TechCrunch:

With proprietary companies creating these APIs for people to use — like Twilio, like Face.com, like Twitter, like Facebook, and Craigslist, when those companies shut down, get acquired, or, for whatever reason, decide to discontinue their API, a lot of other startups and other smaller companies get screwed over there.

We’re going to have an API where you can just drop in some JavaScript, and it will do a lot of the functionality that you’re already looking for.

Readers: Are you comfortable with the use of facial-recognition technology?