If we want to protect privacy, we should pass a federal privacy law — something Big Tech has fought tooth and nail — that regulates what you do with scraped data, without criminalizing an activity that is key to competition, user empowerment, academic and security research.
Mr. Ton-That said his company used only publicly available images. If you change a privacy setting in Facebook so that search engines can’t link to your profile, your Facebook photos won’t be included in the database, he said.
But if your profile has already been scraped, it is too late. The company keeps all the images it has scraped even if they are later deleted or taken down, though Mr. Ton-That said the company was working on a tool that would let people request that images be removed if they had been taken down from the website of origin.