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Tech & ScienceFacebook will no longer scan user faces by default

06:50  04 september  2019
06:50  04 september  2019 Source:   msn.com

Android users in Europe will get to pick their default search provider

Android users in Europe will get to pick their default search provider Following an antitrust ruling by the European Union, Google is explaining its plans to offer a choice of search providers to Android users. From next year, a new choice screen will be displayed on all Android devices shipped in Europe. This will, eventually, let users select the default search engine, and browser, for their hardware. Google, however, has found a way to spin this into a money-making opportunity. After a lengthy investigation, last year the EU Commission fined Google €4.34 billion ($5 billion) for antitrust violations relating to the Android operating system.

Facebook is making facial recognition in photos opt-in by default . Starting today, it’s rolling out its Face Recognition privacy setting, which it first introduced in December 2017, to all users . If you have Face Recognition turned on, Facebook will notify you if someone uploads a photo of you, even if you

Facebook is making facial recognition in photos opt-in by default . Starting today, it’s rolling out its Face Recognition privacy setting, which it first introduced in December 2017, to all users . If you have Face Recognition turned on, Facebook will notify you if someone uploads a photo of you, even if you

Facebook will no longer scan user faces by default © Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Facebook is making facial recognition in photos opt-in by default. Starting today, it’s rolling out its Face Recognition privacy setting, which it first introduced in December 2017, to all users. If you have Face Recognition turned on, Facebook will notify you if someone uploads a photo of you, even if you aren’t tagged. You can then tag yourself, stay untagged, or report the photo if it’s something you want taken down. Facebook tells The Verge it expects to complete the rollout over the next several weeks.

If you don’t already have the Face Recognition setting, Facebook says you will get a notice about it in your News Feed and give you the option to turn it on from that notice. Notably, if you don’t make a choice when you see the notice, Face Recognition will not be turned on. Facebook says new users will also have facial recognition left off by default. The new option will be available in the settings menu.

Facebook rolls out tool to block off-Facebook data gathering

Facebook rolls out tool to block off-Facebook data gathering SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Soon, you could get fewer familiar ads following you around the internet — or at least on Facebook. Facebook is launching a long-promised tool that lets you block the social network from gathering information about you on outside websites and apps. The company said Tuesday that it is adding a section where you can see the activity that Facebook tracks outside its service via its "like" buttons and other means. You can choose to turn off the tracking; otherwise, tracking will continue the same way it has been. Formerly known as "clear history," the tool will now go by the somewhat awkward name "off-Facebook activity.

Latest in Gear. Facebook stops scanning faces by default . Facebook is directly tackling complaints about its facial recognition practices for photo tagging. It's expanding access to its Face Recognition privacy setting (introduced in 2017) to all users , and will stop scanning faces by default .

Facebook is changing its default Facebook privacy setting for new users from "Public" to "Friends" to help users limit the audience for shared posts. Facebook also says it will introduce a “new and expanded privacy checkup tool” over the coming weeks. The new tool will guide users “through a few

Face Recognition will replace Tag Suggestions, which let you decide whether friends would see a suggestion to tag you in a photo when they uploaded it. The new Face Recognition setting expands upon what Tag Suggestions offered, but it also states more explicitly that facial recognition is being performed on photos uploaded to Facebook.

Facebook has gotten in legal trouble in the past for failing to disclose its facial recognition practices. In August, Facebook lost a federal appeal after courts found the company collected and stored biometric data without user consent. The company could pay billions if it loses the case.

Google reportedly under antitrust scrutiny for new internet encryption protocol .
New standard aims to improve security and privacy by encrypting internet traffic.Investigators for the House Judiciary Committee asked Google in a Sept. 13 letter for information about its "decision regarding whether to adopt or promote the adoption" of the protocol, the Journal reported.

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