Facebook, now Meta, has recently released its plans to develop and release its so-called metaverse: an immersive digital environment wherein users will be able to interact, play virtual games, buy things in virtual stores, go to virtual concerts, or attend virtual meetings. While Facebook initially planned to release the metaverse through its Oculus VR platform, it claims that it is currently developing advanced body sensors that people will wear to interact in the company’s digital world. Facebook has already staffed more than 10,000 employees to work on this project and plans on hiring 10,000 more people in Europe to build its metaverse. While this groundbreaking idea seems exciting and innovative, on its face, two important questions have to be asked: why is Facebook doing this? And what does this mean for our privacy?
This post was originally published on the Cardozo International & Comparative Law Review on February 9, 2022. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Wieshofer, Markus, "Data Privacy Is Not Meta: Why Facebook’s Foray Into the Metaverse Could Be Flawed From the Start" (2022). CICLR Online. 36.