Thursday, August 16, 2012

Facebook tagging illegal

German officials say Facebook’s facial recognition system violates its privacy laws, as it stores a trove of tagged photos without explicit member consent. The Internet giant faces a fine of $31,000, a drop in the bucket of its billions in annual revenue.

Hamburg Data Protection Commissioner Johannes Casper is reopening an inquiry originally launched over a year ago into the controversial software. The probe was suspended in June when Casper decided to allow the issue to be resolved in negotiations between Facebook and privacy authorities in Ireland, the base of the social network’s European operations.

In talks with Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner, Facebook agreed to suspend its photo tagging service for European members joining the network on or after July 1, 2012. However, photos tagged before that date were to be kept in the company’s database - RT