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Facebook is in hot water in Illinois after a judge ruled that a group of users has the right to file a complaint against the social network centering on its practice of storing biometric data about their faces.
The issue targets Facebook’s “tag suggestions,” which help people automatically tag their friends in photos based on data the site has stored to recognize their faces.
I saw the feature at work firsthand when I recently uploaded nearly 200 photos to an album and Facebook accurately tagged the people in almost every one.
I had the option to ignore the tag suggestions, but that would have involved going through all of the photos.
The plaintiffs in Illinois say that the tool violates user privacy, since Facebook compiles the biometric data without their explicit consent.
But it is possible to opt out of the suggested tagging.
First, navigate to settings and then click the ‘Timeline and Tagging’ category:
Then scroll down to the category about tag suggestions:
Switch from ‘Friends’ to ‘No One’: