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Facebook has turned off its facial recognition feature in Europe following recommendations from privacy regulators which cited the software as one of the main privacy threats posed by the social network.

Facebook has said it will make changes to the auto-tag feature before reinstating it on the site. The controversial software was turned on automatically last year by the social network, sparking intense criticisms by privacy advocates around the globe.

The company also came under fire from EU regulators, who instigated an audit and review shortly after the facial recognition software was released – Facebook has been working closely with the Irish data protection commission, where its European operations are based, since then.

“I am particularly encouraged in relation to the approach it has decided to adopt on the tag suggest/facial recognition feature by in fact agreeing to go beyond our initial recommendations, in light of developments since then, in order to achieve best practice,” Billy Hawkes, head of the Irish data protection commission, which led the investigation, said in a statement.

Facebook has said it is confident any privacy issues can be resolved and vowed to continue working with regulators to ensure it remains compliant with European data protection laws.

“As our regulator in Europe, the Irish office of the data protection commissioner is constantly working with us to ensure that we keep improving on the high standards of control that we have built into our existing tools,” a spokesman for the social network said.

“This audit is part of an ongoing process of oversight, and we are pleased that, as the data protection commissioner said, the latest announcement is confirmation that we are not only compliant with European data protection law but we have gone beyond some of their initial recommendations and are fully committed to best practice in data protection compliance.”

I have 1 question tho – how much money is being swallowed up around the world by various official bodies to ensure the likes of APPLE , FACEBOOK , MICROSOFT and countless others comply with legal restrictions that we all know they already knew about – that’s why they have massive legal departments surely ?  Or do they all operate on the basis that they’ll fix it when they get caught out ?



Quoted from PCW website 18/09/2012 :

If you use Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8 or 9 as your default browser on a Windows PC, security experts are advising you to use a different Web browser until Microsoft patches a critical vulnerability in IE. Microsoft on Monday confirmed that hackers were actively exploiting an IE vulnerability that could allow an attacker to take over your PC. The exploit does not affect users running IE10 on the Windows 8 Release Preview.

So far, Microsoft says it has received reports of “a small number of targeted attacks” using this exploit. The software maker is working on a security patch for the problem, but the company has not yet said whether it will issue a security update as soon as possible or as part of its monthly “patch Tuesday” update cycle. The next “patch Tuesday” would be October 9.

The exploit was made public on security firm Rapid7’s Metasploit Project and first discovered in the wild by security researcher Eric Romang. Metasploit is advising users to dump IE until Microsoft issues a security update. The new IE security flaw was developed by the same group that created the recent Java zero day flaw, according to Metasploit.

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer makes up about 48.75 percent of active Web browsers worldwide, according to Net Market Share.

Microsoft said the exploit makes it possible for a hacker to take advantage of corrupted memory in your system and execute malicious code on your PC. The end result is that, if attacked, a hacker would have the same control over your PC that you do. So if you login as an administrative user, which many Windows users do, then the hacker would be able to do everything you can including install or remove programs; view, change, or delete files; and even create new user accounts with full administrative rights.

AMAZING They spend millions telling us how good their new browser is

and SURPRISE SURPRISE Hackers decide to stick the boot in !