European Data Protection Digest

Hamburg DPA Suspends Facebook Probe While Irish DPA Negotiates

PRIVACY LAW—GERMANY & IRELAND

June 14, 2012

Hamburg’s data protection authority (DPA) says it will wait for Facebook to negotiate with Ireland’s privacy authority before deciding whether the company complies with rules for using biometric data, Bloomberg reports. Following an investigation by the Irish DPA last year, Hamburg began taking legal action against the company for not seeking user consent before introducing a facial recognition feature that asks users to “tag” people, the report states. If Facebook doesn’t “allow users more influence over the way their data is handled,” Hamburg may reopen its probe, said Johannes Caspar of Hamburg's DPA.
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