Facebook co-founder and Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg sits in his seat inside a bipartisan Artificial Intelligence Insight Forum for all U.S. senators hosted by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 13, 2023.
Leah Millis | Reuters
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg should participate in a deposition as a part of an ongoing lawsuit in Texas involving the corporate’s facial recognition expertise.
Justice Jeff Rambin of Texas’s Sixth Court of Appeals mentioned in a Tuesday ruling that the state court docket has denied Meta’s latest petition “seeking relief from an order compelling the oral deposition” of Zuckerberg at an unspecified date.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed the lawsuit in February 2022, saying on the time that Meta has been “capturing and using the biometric data of millions of Texans without properly obtaining their informed consent to do so.” Attorneys representing Texas additionally mentioned Meta violated the state’s Deceptive Trade Practices Act by “failing to disclose information — including the fact that it collects biometric identifiers — with the intent to induce Facebook users in Texas into using Facebook, which such users would not have done had the information been disclosed.”
In Tuesday’s ruling, the state of Texas claimed that Zuckerberg has “had unique personal knowledge of discoverable information” that is related to its lawsuit, alleging that Meta violated state legal guidelines associated to the gathering of biometric knowledge and misleading commerce practices.
Meta settled a facial recognition-related class motion lawsuit in 2021 for $650 million. Attorneys mentioned in a submitting on the time that it was one of many “largest settlements ever for a privacy violation, and it will put at least $345 into the hands of every class member interested in being compensated.”
Meta did not reply for a request for remark.
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