In Germany social website, Facebook has responded to a potential legal threat over software the site uses which identifies people.
Users are automatically identified via the programme without giving their official permission.
The content of Facebook’s reply to the head of the data protection authority for the state of Hamburg has yet to be revealed.
“Just imagine you are sitting in a cafe and you want to know about someone you see, what the person does in his or her professional life, where they live. In future, it’ll be enough to look on the database for them with a photo and from that you can get all their details,” explained Johannes Casper, data protection commissioner in Hamburg.
Germany has one of the strongest data protection regimes in Europe. Among its core principles is that citizens must give their consent before any data is collected.
Since Facebook has no servers in Germany authorities may have little ability to take action over possible violations of national data protection laws.