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Texas files lawsuit against Facebook/Meta for violating biometric data

Tuesday, February 15th 2022 - 08:58 UTC
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Paxton said “Facebook will no longer take advantage of people and their children with the intent to turn a profit at the expense of one's safety and well-being”” Paxton said “Facebook will no longer take advantage of people and their children with the intent to turn a profit at the expense of one's safety and well-being””

The Attorney General of Texas has filed a lawsuit against Facebook parent company Meta for allegedly “knowingly” violating state laws in how the social media giant collects and handles biometric data.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said that the biometric data of millions of Texans had been captured without “properly obtaining their informed consent to do so, in violation of Texas law.”

“Facebook will no longer take advantage of people and their children with the intent to turn a profit at the expense of one's safety and well-being,” Paxton said. ”This is yet another example of Big Tech's deceitful business practices and it must stop. I will continue to fight for Texans' privacy and security.”

Paxton said that Facebook has been storing millions of biometric identifiers contained in photos and videos uploaded onto the social media platform.

Paxton alleged Meta and Facebook exploited the personal information of both users and non-users in order to “grow its empire and reap historic windfall profits.” This, its alleged was done repeatedly and without consent.

A spokesperson for Meta said: “These claims are without merit and we will defend ourselves vigorously.” In 2020 a similar lawsuit saw the state of Illinois settle with Facebook for an amount of US$ 650 million.

Categories: Politics, International.
Tags: Ken Paxton, Texas.

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