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by Mike Masnick


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Germany Tells Facebook To Destroy Face Recognition Database

from the no-innovation-allowed dept

I've already noted that I don't understand the fuss over Facebook's facial recognition feature -- but plenty of people (including many of you) completely disagree. And, so do regulators in Germany, apparently. As they've suddenly re-opened their investigation of the feature (jumping on the bandwagon with Ireland and Norway) and told Facebook that it needs to destroy its database of faces collected in Germany, and change the system so that people have to opt-in, rather than opt-out.

Of course, I'm still wondering how this is different than existing tagged images. If my friend Joe "tags" me in an image, then Facebook already has that info. Is it that different if Facebook's system tagged me or if Joe tags me? Should Joe have to first get permission from me to identify me in a photo? That seems like a stretch.

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    QueenBee, 17 Aug 2012 @ 3:56am

    What if

    I think you'll see the problems when you are automatically tagged in a photo of one of your friends. Your friend has a public profile. Your employer sees that photo, decides that he doesn't like (for whatever reason) and kicks you out.

    And yes, things like that do happen. Job experts are telling us to be real careful with photos and all, and that's not for naught.

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