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Facebook acquires facial recognition startup, may broaden tagging ability

June 19, 2012

“I am concerned about Facebook's acquisition because has said it's database includes about 40 billion face prints, and it is unclear at this point what Facebook plans to do with this data,” wrote Jennifer Lynch, a staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, in an e-mail sent to Ars on Monday.

“We already know that the federal government regularly asks for copies of all photographs in which a user is tagged when it issues a warrant to Facebook. We also know that the FBI is currently building out the face recognition capabilities of its Next Generation Identification biometrics database and so has an interest in acquiring as many face images as possible.'s data could become a honeypot for law enforcement and marketers if Facebook doesn't take steps to protect it properly.”

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Ars Technica

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