InvestigationRemember back in 2011 when Mark Zuckerberg was under fire for the lack of privacy he provided Facebook users?  I sure do! Many of my friends and family members had expressed outrage on their Facebook timelines and were adamant about deleting their Facebook accounts until Zuckerberg promised to make some privacy changes.

According to a source, in 2011 Mark Zuckerberg entered into an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).  Under this agreement, Zuckerberg promised to “obtain users' permission before sharing their personal data.”

Does Facebook’s New Facial Recognition Feature Violate Privacy Policies?

Users’ privacy issues have made news once again.  Reuters reports that the FTC plans to examine whether Facebook’s new facial recognition feature that matches faces in Facebook photos with public profile pictures violates the 2011 agreement.  The FTC has stated that it has no reason to believe that Facebook has violated the FTC agreement and Facebook declared that it has fully complied with the FTC agreement. They further affirmed that the "Tag Suggest" feature has not allowed Facebook any additional privileges regarding how they use user’s personal information.

What Is the FTC?

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is an agency whose aim is to protect consumers from unfair deception and misrepresentation.  They make sure that companies treat consumers fairly and honestly in regards to their services and products.  To learn more about the FTC visit the FTC website.  Click to learn how to file a complaint with the FTC.

What are your thoughts? How do you feel about the new facial recognition feature?