Facebook Begins Auto-Tagging US Friends of EU Residents

By Gary Cutlack on at

Facebook appears to be slowly reactivating its facial recognition tools in Europe, a couple of years after privacy concerns raised by EU members forced it to stop assembling the mother of all biometric databases.

According to TechCrunch, some Facebook users in Europe are seeing the return of the automatic "tag suggest" photo tagging tool, but only when pictures featuring faces of people who live in the US and have turned the site's discovery features on are spotted. Ideal for transatlantic socialites, not much use for the rest of us. But perhaps a clue that it's preparing to restarting the auto-feed-population war. [TechCrunch via Engadget]