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DPA Demands Changes to Facial Recognition Feature

BIOMETRICS—GERMANY

August 3, 2011

In a statement released on Tuesday, the head of Hamburg's data protection authority said Facebook's facial recognition feature violates German data protection laws, the Financial Times reports. "The problem is not with the facial recognition itself," said Johannes Caspar, "but the data that is stored in the background to allow the system to recognize a face." He said the company "needs to design a new kind of system to get consent from people before their data is stored." Caspar has given Facebook two weeks to respond to his demand for change or disablement. Other European regulators are looking into the feature. (Registration may be required to access this story.)  
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