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Facebook's facial recognition rollback shows limits of self-regulation, officials say

Facebook's announcement last week that it's shutting down its facial recognition system drew plaudits from privacy advocates and activists who have long warned that the technology poses major civil rights and civil liberties concerns.

Facebook cited those concerns in its announcement this week, but it also pointed to the lack of regulatory road markers for companies about how to safely use the technology. Foto: Reuters.

But lawmakers who have led the charge to rein it in say the move also underscores the fact that tech companies and the government agencies they supply have largely been left to self-police its use for years.

"We can't throw up our hands and simply accept a surveillance state in which the most powerful companies and institutions in our country have amassed highly sensitive personal information about our faces and bodies," Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., told The Washington Post...

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