German regulator asks Facebook to turn off photo tagging

Friday 5 August 2011 | 09:32 CET | News
The Hamburg data protection authority has asked Facebook to disable the social-networking service's photo-tagging feature, arguing that its use of facial-recognition software to compile a massive archive of photos may run afoul of European Union privacy laws. In a statement issued, supervisor Johannes Caspar said the key problem with Facebook's photo-tagging feature is the database underpinning the effort, which includes over 75 billion photos with more than 450 million people tagged, or labeled. Storage of "biometric data" should require user consent as opt-out features for the service are

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Categories: Internet
Companies: Facebook
Countries: Germany
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A study shows that one out of three people can be identified on Facebook by simply using their photograph.Germany asks Facebook to disable its photo tagging software in fear of violation of privacy rights http://radiomobiletech.com/news/news-news/germany-challenges-facebook%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%9Cphoto-tagging%E2%80%9D-software.html
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