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Texas Sues Meta's Facebook over Facial-Recognition Practices


The Facebook logo reflected in an eye.

The company said in a blog post in November that it was shutting down a facial recognition system and would delete more than a billion people's information, citing concerns about use of the technology and uncertainty over what the rules are regarding its

Credit: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

On Feb. 14, the Texas Attorney General's Office filed suit against Meta's Facebook for allegedly violating state privacy protections with its facial recognition technology.

The lawsuit alleges the social media company captures biometric information from photos and videos uploaded by viewers without their consent.

In addition, the lawsuit accuses Facebook of disclosing this information to other parties, and failing to destroy it within a reasonable time.

The lawsuit said, "Facebook repeatedly captured Texans' biometric identifiers without consent not hundreds, or thousands, or millions of times — but billions of times."

According to The Wall Street Journal, sources said the state is seeking hundreds of billions of dollars in civil penalties.

A Meta spokesperson said, "These claims are without merit and we will defend ourselves vigorously."

From Reuters
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