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Hamburg DPA Preparing Legal Remedy

BIOMETRICS—GERMANY

November 11, 2011

Hamburg's Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information says Facebook has failed to bring its facial recognition function into line with European and German data protection laws and he will "make use of the legal avenues available" to remedy the matter. Johannes Caspar in October demanded the company begin seeking users' consent before enabling the function, but the method the company introduced to meet this demand "is insufficient to provide a substantive legitimation to the collection of users' biometric face profiles," according to a commission press release. "After the months of negotiations we have conducted with Facebook, this result is a disappointing one," said Caspar.
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