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Germany prepares to sue Facebook over facial recognition feature

Lucian Constantin | Nov. 14, 2011
The Hamburg Data Protection Authority (DPA) is starting preliminary procedures to bring legal action against Facebook over the facial recognition feature used for photo tagging on the social network. The authority decided that further negotiation is futile after the social networking giant didn't agree to obtain consent from users retroactively.

"The European Commission is doing good to launch, carry out, and implement, a comprehensive reform of the data protection regime," Cannataci said, referring to Monday's announcement by E.U. Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding and Germany's Federal Minister for Consumer Protection Ilse Aigner that proposals to reform the E.U. Data Protection Directive will be made by the end of January 2012.

Facebook is also having privacy-related legal issues in the U.S. where it is reportedly close to settling accusations of deceptive trade practices brought by the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC investigated Facebook after it made certain user details public in December 2009 as a result of changes to its privacy settings.

 

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