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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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    John Fenderson (profile), 17 Aug 2012 @ 10:14am

    Re: Re:

    Just don't let yourself be tagged by others


    True, and in isolation no big deal, but for me, the facial recognition was pretty much the final straw that got me to delete my FB account.

    It was just getting to be too much of a burden to constantly have to defend myself against FB.

    But I think my response (leave Facebook) was the correct one, and Germany's response is over the top.

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