European Data Protection Digest

Privacy Agency: Opt-In Facial Recognition OK

BIOMETRICS—GERMANY

December 23, 2011

A German privacy and information agency, HmbBfDI, says it approves of the opt-in facial recognition feature recently launched by Google+, while it is continuing to push Facebook to notify users before creating biometric profiles of them. Investor's Business Daily reports that an HmbBfDI spokesman said, "it seems that users of Google+ have a real choice, and therefore the legal requirements of effective consent seemed to be met," but the agency will continue to look into the feature. The report states that HmbBfDI has begun administrative proceedings against Facebook, however, giving the company until mid-January to respond to the suit, which claims that without user consent, "the creation of biometric profiles of the users is illegal."
Full Story