Facial recognition? Photo: AP/Scanpix
possible violations of data protection laws

Nordic agencies investigate Facebook

"We need confirmation that it doesn't happen"
4:12 min

The Nordic data inspection authorities are investigating if Facebook violates the law, and they are particularly concerned about some recently introduced features.

Swedish Television News reports that the questionable changes include the storing of private chat sessions and a new function for facial identification in images and automatic tagging with that person’s name.

The Nordic agencies were already investigating how the social media site collects personal information when the new functions were introduced.

Besides concerns about permitting users to opt in to such changes, they also want to know how information from Facebook is given to third parties.

The plan is to discuss these issues at a meeting with Facebook at the end of September or beginning of October.

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