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US gov agency set to inspect Facebook privacy policy changes

US government representatives are set to inspect changes to Facebook's privacy policy in order to consider if they violate an agreement with federal regulators made in 2011.

The announcement was made by a Federal Trade Commission spokesman this week after some of the changes were set upon by privacy advocates.

The majority of the concern is around an update to Facebook's "Tag Suggest" feature that would use the firm's facial recognition technology to name people in photos by matching the images with profile pictures.

The change is part of a wider privacy update announced by the company at the end of last month.

"As in all cases, we're monitoring compliance with the order and part of that involves interacting with Facebook," FTC spokesperson Peter Kaplan said.

He also said that there is no reason to believe that Facebook has violated the previous agreement.

The inspection will be made under the continuous government oversight of Facebook's privacy policies. The monitoring began in 2011 after it was revealed that mistakes had led to the social network sharing users' information before obtaining permission, something which Mark Zuckerberg apologised for and promised to rectify.

Facebook updated its privacy policy on 29 August, explaining on the site how customers' personal data is utilised by advertising clients and third-party applications.

In a statement the company said that the new policy was fully compliant with the FTC regulations and that it did not extend Facebook's powers over use of the personal details of its consumers.