June 8, 2011: Markey Statement on Facebook Face Recognition Feature

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), co-Chairman of the Bi-Partisan Congressional Privacy Caucus and senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, today released the following statement on news that Facebook changed user privacy settings to automatically turn on a new facial recognition feature that detects a user’s face in an image or photo.
Requiring users to disable this feature after they've already been included by Facebook is no substitute for an opt-in process. If this new feature is as useful as Facebook claims, it should be able to stand on its own, without an automatic sign-up that changes users' privacy settings without their permission.”