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Facebook Settles Lawsuit Over Its Use of Facial Recognition for $550 Million

After years of wrangling in courts, Facebook finally has settled a lawsuit over its privacy-invasive use of facial recognition. Last year it agreed to stop turning on the tech to scan photos by default, which built a template of your facial data, and automatically suggested tags in photos based on it.

Details may be found in an article by Richard Lawler in the engadget web site at https://www.engadget.com/2020/01/30/facebook-photo-tagging-facial-recognition.

In other news, Facebook probably won’t have much difficulty in paying $550 million for the lawsuit. It seems the company also has announced Q4 profits grew to $7.3 billion giving it a profit of over $18 billion for 2019.

Facebook can probably pay $550 million from petty cash. That’s not bad for a company’s business model that primarily focuses on spying on its customers and then selling their private information to anyone and everyone willing to pay for it!

Categories: Legal Affairs, Online Privacy & Security

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