German officials have called Facebook‘s new facial recognition software illegal and want its use stopped, The Local reports.Johnnes Caspar, Hamburg’s data protection official said the facial recognition feature is “a serious violation of people’s rights to determine what is done with their personal data,” and that Facebook faces fines of €300,000 ($426,000) if it does not discontinue its use.
He believes it violates European and German data protection law.
There is an opt-out from the facial recognition feature on Facebook, though it is switched on by default.
A representative for Facebook told Bloomberg that the company is “100 per cent certain” that the feature doesn’t violate European law, and that they had “hardly any complaints” from users about the function.
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