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FTC Requires App Developer to Obtain Users’ Express Consent for Use of Facial Recognition

Everalbum, the developer of the photo storage application Ever, has agreed to a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settlement that will require the business to 1. Obtain users’ express consent before using facial recognition technology on users’ photos and videos, 2. Delete or destroy all facial recognition data collected from users who have not provided consent, 3. Delete and destroy the photos and videos of deactivated accounts and 4. Delete models and algorithms that it developed using the photos and videos uploaded by users. Andrew Smith, Director of the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection, stated that the FTC ensures that “companies keep their promises to customers about how they use and handle biometric data,” making it “a high priority for the FTC.”

 

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