Germans Reopen Facebook Privacy Inquiry
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 15/08/2012 22:34
Data protection officials in Germany reopened an investigation into Facebook's facial recognition technology Wednesday, saying the social networking giant was illegally compiling a vast photo database of users without their consent.
The data protection commissioner in Hamburg, Johannes Caspar, said he had reopened his investigation, which he had suspended in June, after repeated attempts to persuade Facebook to change its policies had failed.
Germany re-opens Facebook facial recognition probe
German data privacy authorities have re-opened an investigation into Facebook's use of facial recognition.
The dispute involves the site's use of software to amass a database of its users' faces in order to make photo-tagging suggestions.
Data protection commissioner Johannes Caspar said the data had been collected without users' consent.