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Social Network Warned About Facial Recognition

PRIVACY LAW—GERMANY

October 24, 2011

Hamburg Data Protection Commissioner Johannes Caspar has announced that the world's largest social network has until November 7 "to bring its facial recognition software into conformity with privacy laws in Germany and the European Union or face legal action," AFP reports. Caspar told the press agency that negotiations with Facebook have been extended, but "If our demands are not met, we will be obliged to take the legal path" regarding the facial recognition application, which the data protection official believes violates national and EU data protection law.
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