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Regulators Confirm Facial Recognition Data Deletion

BIOMETRICS—GERMANY & IRELAND

February 8, 2013

Irish and German data protection authorities have independently confirmed that Facebook has deleted facial recognition data it had collected on European users, CFOWorld reports. The social networking site said last September it would delete the facial recognition data of Europeans. Office of the Irish Data Protection Commissioner Spokeswoman Ciara O’Sullivan said, "We recently reviewed the source code and execution process used in the deletion process and can confirm that we were satisfied with the processes used by Facebook to delete the templates in line with its commitment.” A representative from the Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information’s technical department also said a review of Facebook’s source code revealed the company did delete the data, but he could only speak about the German part of the case, the report states.
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