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Google Heads Debating Face Recognition

Search giant Google is debating whether or not to launch facial recognition technology for Google products after receiving heavy criticism over its privacy policies.

Citing internal Google sources, the Financial Times reports (opens in new tab) that introducing facial recognition in relevant Google services is one of a number of key topics currently being debated by senior executives.

The sources claim that everything the company decides to do in the future will be carefully studied before being implemented.

Speaking to the Financial Times, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said: “Facial recognition is a good example . . . anything we did in that area would be highly, highly planned, discussed and reviewed. When you go through these things, you review your management procedures.”

Google already uses facial recognition technology in its Picasa photo sharing service. Users can tag the people in a photo, then use the technology to search and tag other pictures in which the same face appears.

Google is currently under investigation by German prosecutors after it admitted illegally collecting data from unprotected Wi-Fi networks around the world while taking photos for its Google Street View service.