European Data Protection Digest

Facial Recognition Raises Anonymity Concerns

BIOMETRICS—GERMANY

December 13, 2012

Deutsche Welle reports on the increased use of facial recognition technologies and concerns that the proliferation of the technology may threaten anonymity in public. Of biometric data such as facial recognition, Hamburg Data Protection Commissioner Johannes Casper said, “It is possible for both state and private enterprise to use and abuse this data by identifying people through photographs.” Casper said, at some point, everyone will be “transparent citizens,” but added, “the democratic rights of citizens must be respected.”
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