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Hamburg To Fine Facebook Over Facial Recognition Feature 195

Posted by timothy
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An anonymous reader writes "Johannes Caspar, data protection commissioner for the German state of Hamburg, today declared he will soon fine Facebook over its use of biometric facial recognition technology. He said 'further negotiations are pointless' because the company had ignored a deadline he set for it to remove the feature. German authorities could fine Facebook up to €300,000 ($420,000)."
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Hamburg To Fine Facebook Over Facial Recognition Feature

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  • Facebook's even going to notice that?

    • Re:$420K? (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Dunbal (464142) * on Thursday November 10, 2011 @06:39PM (#38017308)
      They would if it was PER OFFENSE.
    • Re:$420K? (Score:4, Funny)

      by ColdWetDog (752185) on Thursday November 10, 2011 @06:41PM (#38017322) Homepage

      Facebook's even going to notice that?

      Ok, using that line of reasoning, I'm going to fine Facebook for $400,000. Hand it over Zuckerberg, it's a bargain.

      • by ackthpt (218170)

        Facebook's even going to notice that?

        Ok, using that line of reasoning, I'm going to fine Facebook for $400,000. Hand it over Zuckerberg, it's a bargain.

        He'll probably ask you to break a $500,000 bill.

        Which he pulled out of petty cash.

      • by Surt (22457)

        Just send them an invoice. They've grown so fast their internal cost controls won't have a chance of catching you.

        • by tehcyder (746570)

          Just send them an invoice. They've grown so fast their internal cost controls won't have a chance of catching you.

          Probably truer than most people would realise, although I wouldn't go as high as $400K on a first try..

    • by steelfood (895457)

      They'll be scratching their heads over why they hired a new engineer and why he never showed up for work.

  • SIlly goose (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Joehonkie (665142) on Thursday November 10, 2011 @06:47PM (#38017374) Homepage
    Silly goose, only the government can use facial recognition!
  • Who do you think you are, Johannes Caspar? Facebook doesn't respond to anyone else complaining about their high-handed actions, so why should they respond to you?
  • If you run a site that is accessible internationally, how can you ensure that you're always abiding by all nations laws? At what point can a country up and decide you're breaking one of their laws and they can start fining you?

    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      You are confusing business and accessibility, I run a site that can be accessed from around the world, but only do business in the UK, so only have to abide by UK and pan-European law, if foreign governments do not like it they have the power to block the site locally but nothing else. Facebook has an office in Hamburg hence has to comply with German law.

  • "the German state of Hamburg"

    Actually Hamburg is a so-called "free city" inside Germany (i.e., is not part of any state / land) due to its history as a free city since 1189. While technically it is a self-governing entity at the level of state, its name and real status is that of a "free and Hanseatic city".

  • Unfortunately, Zuck can probably find 420k $ between his sofa cushions, so it's not much of a deterrent.

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