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Germany Is Freaking Out About Facebook’s Facial Recognition Feature
Posted By admin On August 17, 2012 @ 2:48 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled
Aug 17, 2012
Last year, when Facebook  first started rolling out its facial recognition-based photo-tagging feature in Europe, our friends across the Atlantic flipped out . Angry words were said. Investigations were launched. Facebook abstention was threatened.
This all seemed to be somewhat resolved after Ireland’s Data Protection Agency launched a big investigation into the social networking company — because its European headquarters are in Dublin — and determined that, under E.U. law, Facebook could make the biometric face-prints of its members, but that it had to give users more prominent notice and the chance to opt out . Facebook suspended its “Tag Suggest” and face-printing of all European users who joined after July 1st until it comes up with a notification process that pleases the Irish.
All settled, right? Nein, says Germany. Hamburg data protection commissioner Johannes Caspar disagrees with Ireland. He argues that under E.U. law, Facebook doesn’t have a right to break out its facial recog software on users and put their face-prints on file without their explicit opt-in consent. (For what it’s worth, States-side, Sen. Al Franken has suggested the same thing . Norway is also not completely down with it .) The New York Times reports  that Caspar will make “a formal request” to Facebook to “destroy its photographic database of faces collected in Germany and revise its Web site to obtain the explicit consent of members before it creates a digital file based on the biometric data of their faces.”
Facebook doesn’t seem to be backing down.
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URLs in this post:
 Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/kashmirhill/2012/08/16/germany-is-freaking-out-about-facebooks-facial-recognition-feature-again/
 Facebook: http://www.forbes.com/companies/facebook/
 flipped out: http://www.forbes.com/sites/kashmirhill/2011/06/09/facebook-facial-recognition-can-we-please-save-the-outrage-for-real-privacy-violations/
 more prominent notice and the chance to opt out: http://www.forbes.com/sites/kashmirhill/2011/12/21/some-scolding-no-fines-for-facebook-after-irish-privacy-investigation/
 suggested the same thing: http://www.forbes.com/sites/kashmirhill/2012/07/18/sen-al-franken-grills-facebook-and-the-fbi-over-their-use-of-facial-recognition-technology/
 not completely down with it: http://www.computerworlduk.com/news/it-business/3374537/facebook-facial-recognition-under-scrutiny-in-norway/
 reports: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/16/technology/germans-reopen-facebook-privacy-inquiry.html?_r=3&adxnnl=1&pagewanted=all&adxnnlx=1345039530-1OBsyEa5XbE2OcAs6aMlgQ
 Facebook facial recognition software violates privacy laws, says Germany: http://www.prisonplanet.com/facebook-facial-recognition-software-violates-privacy-laws-says-germany.html
 EPIC Files Complaint, Urges Investigation of Facebook’s Facial Recognition Techniques: http://www.prisonplanet.com/epic-files-complaint-urges-investigation-of-facebooks-facial-recognition-techniques.html
 Germany officials launch legal action against Facebook: http://www.prisonplanet.com/germany-officials-launch-legal-action-against-facebook.html
 Why Your Next Phone Will Include Fingerprint, Facial And Voice Recognition: http://www.prisonplanet.com/why-your-next-phone-will-include-fingerprint-facial-and-voice-recognition.html
 Facebook quietly switches on facial recognition tech by default: http://www.prisonplanet.com/facebook-quietly-switches-on-facial-recognition-tech-by-default.html
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