Germany: Facebook must delete faces

2012-08-16 08:28
Facebook has pressured to remove biometric profiles of people stored without their explicit consent. (Paul Sakuma, AP)

Facebook has pressured to remove biometric profiles of people stored without their explicit consent. (Paul Sakuma, AP)

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Berlin - A German data protection official has called for Facebook to delete biometric profiles of people stored without their explicit consent.

In short, he wants Facebook to delete users' faces from its databases.

The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection said on Wednesday that talks to bring Facebook's business practice in line with German and European privacy rules had failed.

Johannes Caspar said he is now re-opening a stalled probe of the California-based company "in order to find a legally sound solution with regard to the use of biometric data" that can be used to automatically identify individuals.

He says "Facebook will be obliged to delete this data unless it obtains approval by all concerned users".

Calls to Facebook representatives in London weren't immediately answered.

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