Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit on Monday against Facebook (now called Meta) for allegedly capturing and using the biometric data of millions of Texans without their proper informed consent.
Facebook has stored millions of biometric identifiers “contained in photos and videos uploaded by friends and family who used the social media app,” according to a press release by Paxton’s office.
In doing so, Facebook exploited the personal information of users for profit, according to the lawsuit. The alleged actions are in violation of Texas’ Capture or Use of Biometric Identifier Act and the Deceptive Trade Practices Act.
“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 in the statement.
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