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Facebook’s facial recognition policy changes draw attention from German data commissioner

Facebook’s facial recognition policy changes draw attention from German data commissioner

Facebook kicked off a new series of proposed policy changes on August 29, and among them has been the addition of facial recognition in its data protection policy for its European users. Such has drawn the attention of the Hamburg data protection commissioner, which had dropped legal proceedings against the social network late last year after it deactivated facial recognition in the EU and promised to delete its templates.

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Facebook “Trending” box in testing as Twitter-aping continues

Facebook “Trending” box in testing as Twitter-aping continues

Facebook is trialling a new "Trending" topics section pulling together current hot topics on the social network, in a move that is unlikely to do anything to dismiss accusations that the site is copying Twitter. The new section shows around five currently topical subjects in the upper right corner of the Facebook news feed, though is "only available to a small percentage of US users" at present, a Facebook spokesperson confirmed.

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Facebook Privacy rules changing: data collection, use, personalized ads

Facebook Privacy rules changing: data collection, use, personalized ads

The Chief Privacy Officer of Policy for Facebook Erin Egan has this week begun setting down a series of changes to several of the key Facebook Governing Documents, with emphasis placed on their Data Use Policy and their Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. For the average Facebook user, this means you'll be seeing Facebook make public edits to documents stating their intentions with collecting and using data you provide. It also means Facebook is editing the rules that apply to both you and Facebook when you choose to use the social network.

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Facebook Unity SDK brings high-powered gaming to the social network

Facebook Unity SDK brings high-powered gaming to the social network

Over the past several years, the folks at Unity have created a game development platform where users could make major titles that work on multiple operating systems and in different environments. This week they've announced - at their developer conference "Unite" no less - that they're launching a new cross-platform SDK with Facebook that'll allow games like Shadowgun: Deadzone to be ported to Facebook with ease.

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Facebook rolls out shared photo albums

Facebook rolls out shared photo albums

Facebook has allowed users to create personal albums for quite some time, with the albums having different setting options based on how the user plans to share the content. Given the nature of the social network, however, it isn't surprising that Facebook has taken this a step further, rolling out a shared photo albums feature.

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Facebook Sponsored Stories privacy settlement approved by judge

Facebook Sponsored Stories privacy settlement approved by judge

Facebook found itself the center of a class action lawsuit back in 2011 concerning what some said were privacy violations, a topic that has been ever present for the social network. Five plaintiffs are involved in the suit, and Facebook is set to pay $20 million under the settlement terms. After years of back and forth, a judge has passed the final "okay" for agreement to proceed.

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