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Facebook test facial recognition app
« on: November 25, 2019, 12:05:47 PM »



It would be interesting to see how many people flat out don't trust Facebook. This is the company that got fined $5 billion by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for failing to adhere to a consent decree it signed back in 2011. The terms of the consent decree prevented Facebook from using member profiles without the express consent of subscribers. In 2015-2016 Aleksandr Kogan, a Russian-American professor at Cambridge University, collected profiles through the use of an app he developed ostensibly for research purposes. But Kogan sold as many as 87 million user profiles to a company called Cambridge Analytica, which was hired by the Trump campaign to turn the data into information that it could use.


As recently as the first day of this year, an organization called Privacy International issued a report claiming that certain Android apps sent users' personal information to Facebook. The social-media site allegedly received this personal data even if the user did not have a Facebook account.
Facebook has had an issue with biometric data before

What brings up Facebook's apparent inability to keep members' private data private is a report from Business Insider stating that the company had developed a facial recognition app between 2015 and 2016 that was developed for employees. The app was never released to consumers and has been discontinued. The frightening thing about the system is that according to one source, it could identify any Facebook member if enough data about the member was available. The app was in the early stages of development, according to the report. Facebook employees with the app installed on their phones could point the camera at a person and seconds later the display would show their name and Facebook profile photo.

Last year, a lawsuit against Facebook was certified as a Class Action meaning that several similar suits were consolidated into one. The plaintiffs claimed that the app was using facial recognition on their phones without permission. Since 2010, the company had been collecting facial templates based on users' physical characteristics in order to show members' names in photographs. But the plaintiffs say that this violates the 2008 Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act which prohibits companies from collecting and storing biometric data without permission. Facebook's defense is that facial templates do not count as biometric data. This feature remains on the app, and when someone "tags" a Facebook subscriber in a photo it links back to the subscriber's Facebook profile. This feature used to be enabled by default on the app, but users must now opt-in.



 

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