The FTC wants to look at the new "Tag Suggest" feature

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will look over Facebook's recent privacy policy changes to make sure they fall in line with previous government agreements.

FTC spokesman Peter Kaplan said officials will examine Facebook's broad set of privacy policy changes, which were posted on the social network's website on August 29.

The changes were explained to users, but the FTC wants to make sure that all changes comply with a 2011 agreement that Facebook made with the government regarding use of user photos and information. 

That 2011 agreement was made after Facebook was busted for misuse of user information. For instance, it was discovered in 2010 that Facebook's app partners shared users' names with advertisers, even when the user had strict privacy settings. A year later, the new facial recognition feature prompted much anxiety for users. 

The FTC is most interested in the "Tag Suggest" feature as part of the newest privacy policy changes. Tag Suggest uses facial recognition to match faces in photos with public profile features. 

The FTC said Facebook hasn't violated the 2011 agreement so far with the new changes, but it will continue looking into the recent policy updates and features to make sure it stays that way. 

Facebook just recently ended a $20 million class-action settlement regarding its display of users' "likes" and pictures in its advertised products.

Source: The New York Times

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