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Germany Plans Legal Action Against Facebook Over Facial Recognition [Headlines]

Germany finds Facebook's facial recognition technology a breech of privacy and data protection laws.

Caroline Ku
  • 5 august 2011

Facebook is threatened with legal action in Germany over its facial recognition software, which critics say violates privacy and data protection laws.

The tool runs all photos uploaded to the social networking site through a programme and identifies the user’s friends on each picture. There was an outcry when it was rolled out in June to more than 500m members worldwide, though users can opt out of the automatic tagging, Facebook can still gather and store (indefinitely) all photos added to the site. Helen Pidd/The Guardian.

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