Dixon: We are watching Facebook watching you

Data commissioner says Ireland not seen as a light-touch regulator, saying ‘we are well regarded’; campaigner warns social network’s tools could be used by stalkers or to reveal undercover police

22nd July, 2018
Helen Dixon: the Data Protection Commissioner is examining Facebook’s answers to a series of questionsMaura Hickey

Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner is set to run the rule over Facebook’s controversial facial recognition technology, which the company has rolled out in Europe despite concerns over the tool voiced by privacy campaigners.

Helen Dixon, the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC), said that her office had first raised concerns over the capture of data from non-consenting Facebook users in 2012.

However, following Facebook’s decision to roll out the technology on the basis of...

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