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Amid Uproar, Facebook Considers Privacy Safeguards for Smart-Home Devices

As Facebook faces a storm of criticism about how it handles its trove of user data, the company is taking steps to secure users’ information in its first-ever foray into smart-home devices.

One of the devices under development, called Portal, would use facial-recognition technology to help set up video calls between friends and family members, according to people familiar with the matter. Facebook now plans to process and store video data on the device, rather than on the company’s servers. The decision came after discussions over the past several months with privacy experts, according to a person close to the company.

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“It’s pretty much the Wild West, other than the threat of [angering] users or getting bad publicity,” Mr. Stanley said.


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‘It would be concerning in my mind if Facebook is designing and releasing a hardware device that uses facial recognition, as they already have one of the largest facial recognition databases in the world. ’