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At Meta’s 2019 “F8” virtual development conference, Mark Zuckerberg stood in front of a presentation screen displaying the words, “the future is private.” Zuckerberg’s talking points centered on “build[ing] a more privacy-focused social media platform.” Increasing Meta’s focus on privacy, apparently, does not include ensuring compliance with Illinois’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”). While not exactly the first of its kind, a recent class action lawsuit against Meta alleges the company violated Illinois’s BIPA law by capturing, retaining, and profiting from the use of plaintiff’s “voiceprint” without disclosing or creating a meaningful retention policy for doing so.

This post was originally published on the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal website on March19, 2024. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.