Germany Calls Facebook’s Facial Recognition Illegal

Posted Aug 4, 2011

German government officials have declared Facebook’s facial recognition technology illegal under German and EU data protection laws. The Atlantic Wire reports that data protection official Johannes Caspar said that with the facial recognition running, “the right to anonymity is in danger.” Germany has previously threatened legal action against Facebook for other privacy issues with events pages and the Friend Finder feature.

German officials have given Facebook two weeks to respond to their complaint before legal action is taken agains theta company, which could result in fines up to half a million dollars. Facebook does not have a record of quick response to Germany’s past privacy complaints.