Focused on consumer privacy? Don’t forget employees’ rights

Facial recognition scan

A U.K.-based Uber Eats driver recently received a financial settlement in a case alleging facial recognition checks required to access his work app were racially discriminatory.

Pa Edrissa Manjang, who is Black, experienced difficulties with the app’s verification checks, according to the watchdog that helped fund his case. He was removed from the platform in 2021 because of “‘continued mismatches’” in the photos of his face.

The implications of the case underscore a popular belief that companies prioritize protecting the personal information of their customers over the fundamental data rights of their employees, despite privacy laws like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requiring equal treatment.

lock iconTHIS IS MEMBERS-ONLY CONTENT. To continue reading, choose one of the options below.