Entries in Germany (6)
The government of Germany and the European Union have warned Facebook that it has until November 7 to bring its facial recognition software into conformity with their privacy laws. If the necessary changes are not made, the social networking company will face legal action, according to a government lawyer.
The software in question helps users identify other Facebook members through photographs. The facial recognition technology is used to quickly tag photos, and includes an opt-out option.
In Berlin, however, the popular software voilates German and European data protection laws. That's why Germany has accused Facebook of collecting user information without their consent.
Germany and the United States are in the process of developing secret satellites that will be used for spying on other nations, according to the latest round of WikiLeaks cables.
At a price of $274 million, the satellites are "officially" meant to be used for communication during natural disasters. However, WikiLeaks cables from the U.S. Department of State have revealed that the technology will actually be used for good old-fashioned spying.
The HiROS program (short for High Resolution Optical Satellite System) will be up and running as early as 2012. And by "high resolution," they mean really high resolution: The satellites will be able to identify objects that are just 1.5 feet long.
The WikiLeaks cables revealed that the satellites can also take infrared images at night and transmit them to earth stations faster than current technology
The cables quote German diplomats saying they no longer want to be “outmaneuvered by France.” As for the U.S., the State Department declined to comment.
Germany is deploying the federal police force to airports and railway stations in response to "concrete indications" of terrorist attacks being planned for the end of November.
Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said he had information on "sustained efforts" by Islamist extremists to carry out attacks, and the extra security would remain in place until further notice.
If there were "concrete indications" of an attack in the United States, would the media, Pilot's Association and the public embrace TSA's new pat-down procedures? I wonder.
Members of the Pirate Party in Germany recently organized a unique flash mob: people who were willing to strip down to their underwear to illustrate just how much they disagree with advanced imaging technology and its intrusive full-body scans.
The activists wrote messages like "Something to hide?" and "Be a good citizen - Drop your pants" on their skin. One woman jokingly labeled the parts of her body with something to hide: a diaper, a prosthetic leg, a nipple piercing.
This protest is proof that the furor about full-body scanners is not only growing in the United States -- it's becoming a worldwide phenomenon.