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Some Facebook users don't have the option to turn off facial recognition technology, study finds

A consumer advocacy group has discovered that not all Facebook users have access to a privacy setting that lets them opt out of the site's facial recognition technology.

Consumer Reports examined a set of Facebook accounts and found that a significant number didn't have the ability to toggle off Face Recognition, a feature that uses facial recognition technology to identify users in tagged photos.

That's despite Facebook announcing almost two years ago that all users would be able to opt out of facial recognition entirely through the setting.

Consumer Reports looked at the accounts of 31 Facebook users and found that eight of them didn't have the privacy setting.

Additionally, the site created several new Facebook accounts to test if they had the setting and found that about a half-dozen of them did not.

It's not clear exactly how many of Facebook's 2 billion-plus users lack access to the Face Recognition privacy setting.

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