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Facebook Facial Recognition Settings: A CR Success Story

When the Federal Trade Commission hit Facebook with a $5 billion penalty for its privacy failures in July, the FTC cited CR's investigation into problems with Facebook's facial recognition settings as one of the major examples of the company's privacy lapses. In September, Facebook updated the settings to address the issues identified by CR.

Case Study

The issue

In 2017, Facebook announced a new setting to give consumers control over their facial recognition data. But as CR discovered, many users were never given access to the setting

What CR did

CR observed Facebook users as they navigated their accounts. Several lacked the Face Recognition setting. This confirmed that many users had no clear way to opt out of one of the world's  largest name-face databases 

The result

  • Facebook agreed to roll out controls to all users
  • The Federal Trade Commission cited the CR research in announcing its record $5 billion settlement with Facebook
  • The FTC settlement imposed new facial recognition protections on the company
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