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And, speaking of government controversy, let's explore the Germany 'facial recognition' saga more closely.
Facebook rolled out a tagging system that would recognise your friends' faces, and tag them on your behalf. A seemingly normal thing, with a touch of possible artificial intelligence, maybe? It seemed cool to some people, but Germany thought it was anything but.
Germany came out and said that Facebook has violated German privacy laws, for scanning the faces of its citizens who use the site, Germany’s top data protection official, Johannes Caspar, wrote to Facebook to demand that its facial recognition software does not infringe German users’ privacy, and to delete any related data.
Germany could impose fines of up to €300,000 ($430,000), but is looking also to sue Facebook to prevent it from doing it in future.
Another Facebook buster from ZDNet's Violet Blue, who reported the state of Facebook's 'pro-rape' culture, where users set up pages and seemingly joke about rape and sexual assault, and the degradation of women.
According to Blue, it took nearly 200,000 signatures on a petition and a Twitter campaign to get the pages removed. Facebook finally caved in.
But why did it take the social network so long to comply with the requests made? Facebook was not even abiding by its own Terms of Service, which expressly forbids this kind of behaviour on the social network.
Not only did it look as though Facebook was endorsing these vile pages based on the fact they still remained, even after a series of calls to remove them, but it just looked like the social network didn't care.
Facebook's new Timeline profile page replacement throws up a whole series of privacy related issues. Anyone will in the coming weeks and months be able to search all the very way back on a person's page all the things that were said say, on December 27th, 2008, or last month, or three years ago -- or even as far back as the day they joined.
Though many users will not remember half the things they posted on Facebook last year, let alone last week. But this new profile page replacement will allow any one of your friends to go back and search for posted content two or three years ago, or even further back. Who knows what kind of teenage 'angsty' things were said, and the embarrassment it will cause?
Not only were users not informed of these changes, and instead thrown into the fray of it, it once again shows that Facebook will just issue changes as part of its opt-out strategy. Even in this case, users will not be able to opt-out of the new Timeline feature at all.
Likened to a 'stalkers paradise', once this feature rolls into place -- which has already been delayed -- we could be seeing a lot of users leave the site. Will Facebook ever reach its holy-of-all-holy 1 billion-user milestone?