Germany Gets Tough On Facebook’s Facial Recognition

Law360, New York (August 3, 2011, 2:39 PM EDT) -- A German data protection agency is giving Facebook Inc. two weeks to change or remove its facial recognition feature for the country’s users, saying it violates German and European privacy laws.

Johannes Caspar, head of the Hamburg Data Protection Authority, said the social networking giant should also remove all biometric data it has collected from German users or face fines of €300,000 ($430,000) for privacy violations.

The feature, referred to by Facebook as “tag suggestions,” uses face-mapping technology to identify individuals in photos Facebook users have...
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