Germany Knocks Facebook Facial-Recognition, Handelsblatt Says

Germany’s data-protection watchdog says Facebook Inc.’s facial-recognition feature for photo tagging violates people’s ability to control their own information, Handelsblatt reported.

The technology could lead to a “dangerous” collection of data, Handelsblatt cited Bernhard Freund, a consultant at the Hamburg-based data protection agency, as saying.

The agency is calling on the government to take action against the feature, the newspaper reported.

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