European Data Protection Digest

Regulator “Astonished” By Facial Recognition Use

SOCIAL NETWORKING—GERMANY

September 5, 2013

IDG News Service reports on Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information Johannes Caspar’s reaction to Facebook’s announcement last week that it added facial recognition to its proposed privacy policy. “It is astonishing to find the facial recognition again in the new proposed privacy policy that Facebook published yesterday,” Caspar wrote last Friday, adding, using facial recognition in Germany might be illegal, depending on how the social network implements it. He noted an opt-in for users must be offered.
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