Plastic Forte fined for violating employee privacy using facial recognition

Occurred: April 2023

Alicante, Spain-based manufacturing business Albero Forte Composite (aka Plastic Forte) was fined by the country's data protection authority for violating the privacy of its workers using facial recognition. 

Plastic Forte argued it was using facial recognition to keep track of employee attaendance and working hours; however, the Agencia Española de Protección de Datos (AEPD) ruled (pdf) that its use of the technology constituted 'a highly intrusive identification system for people’s fundamental freedoms.' 

The regulator also said in its ruling that that Plastic Forte should have conducted an impact assessment setting out the 'necessity and proportionality' of the system, and that it had failed to disclose the existence of the system and how data was managed to its workers.

Operator: Albero Forte Composite (Plastic Forte)

Country: Spain

Sector: Manufacturing/engineering

Purpose: Improve productivity

Technology: Facial recognition
Issue: Privacy; Necessity/proportionality

Transparency: Governance; Privacy; Marketing

Legal, regulatory 👩🏼‍⚖️

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Type: Incident
Published: May 2023