Social media giant Facebook has eventually released its private photo-sharing app “Moments” in Europe and Canada, but with limited features. The app has been ranked #8th in the U.S App Store under highly competitive Photo and Video category and at #39 in the free applications.
Moments was initially released a year ago in the US. The U.S version of the app offers an exclusive facial recognition feature that suggests users to tag friends on photographs by identifying them through their faceprints. However, the latest version released on Tuesday has the friend identification feature chopped off due to strict privacy concerns in the Europe and Canada. But the new version groups together the photos which “appear to include the same face”.
The original photo-sharing app creates a geometric representation of people’s face and stores a faceprint for each user. The social media giant had already lost the first round of lawsuit on Thursday when a group of users from Illinois sued Facebook for violating the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act. The company has been accused of unlawfully storing biometric data from user’s photographs.
Facebook pushed to get the case down on the basis of its user agreement that says all disputes should be governed solely by California law. But the judge denied Facebook’s claim and stated that its terms don’t give the company protection against Illinois biometrics act.