REUTERS - Match Group fights with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over the FTC's investigation of OKCupid which allegedly shared users' photos with Clarifai, a facial recognition company. The FTC investigation follows a 2019 New York Times article asserting that Clarifai built its database of faces with OkCupid user photos supplied by an OkCupid founder who was also a Clarifai investor. OkCupid and Match denied any commercial agreement with Clarifai, but in 2020, the FTC demanded documents from the companies about the alleged deal. After more than a year of battling, the FTC filed its petition, asking the court to order Match to turn over 136 disputed documents. Match responded a few days later with an emergency motion to seal everything. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon denied Match's motion to seal the entire docket but allowed Match's filings to remain under wraps temporarily. Match's lawyers appear to have renewed their push to litigate in secret in a sealed June 21 motion.
by Alison Frankel
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