Norway To Examine Facebook Facial Recognition

Facebook’s facial-recognition feature is coming under scrutiny in another country, as the Norwegian Data Protection Agency said it will launch an investigation this fall and speak with the social network about the technology behind it.

PCWorld reported that the agency is teaming up with the Article 29 Working Party, much as it did when examining Facebook’s privacy policy in 2011. The Article 29 Working Party is made up of one representative from the data protection authority of each European Union member, the European Data Protection Supervisor, and the E.U. Commission.

The Norwegian Data Protection Agency, which is also known as Datatilsynet, is also working with another agency that has become quite familiar with Facebook of late, the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner in Ireland.

Norwegian Data Protection Agency Communications Manager Ove Skåra said, as reported by PCWorld:

(Facial recognition) is a technology that it is important to have critical view of and see how it is actually used.

Readers: Do you think the findings by the Norwegian Data Protection Agency, the Article 29 Working Party, and the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner in Ireland will present problems for Facebook?

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