Saturday, August 18, 2012

Germany declares Facebook facial recognition illegal

Originally posted 08/04/2011 on

It looks like Facebook is learning the lesson Walmart learned when it comes to doing business in Germany. Germany is not the U.S. Matthew Shaer reports in the Christian Science Monitor that Facebooks facial recognition 'feature' has been declared illegal in Germany.

I don't know how much affect this will actually have on Facebook. It will depend on what kind action Germany decides to take and Facebook's response. Honestly, even if Germany successfully blocked Facebook, would Facebook care? The German government might feel the pressure more than Facebook. There will probably be some type of compromise, but I honestly don't see Facebook giving up it's facial recognition software completely.