09 Feb FTC Settles Two Data Privacy Allegations
Written by: Brett Lawrence, Esq.
Last month, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) settled two allegations against two companies surrounding the unfair and deceptive use of facial recognition software and disclosure of health data.
As part of the settlement with the FTC, Everalbum must, among other things, obtain user express consent before using facial recognition technology for the Ever app and delete all photos and videos of Ever app user who deactivated their accounts. Everalbum must also delete any facial recognition models or algorithms developed with Ever users’ photos and videos.
Andrew Smith, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, has publicly stated that companies handling biometric data will be a high priority for the FTC, “as companies can turn photos of your loved ones into sensitive biometric data.”
Flo Health, Inc.
Flo Health’s settlement stipulates that Flo cannot misrepresent how it discloses, maintains, and collects user data and its conformity with any privacy, security, or compliance program. Flo Health must further notify all affected users about the disclosure of their personal information and instruct all third parties who have received Flo Health user data to destroy that data.