Апреля 24, 2018

Judge: Class-action lawsuit against Facebook for using facial recognition may proceed

17 Апреля 2018, 06:33 | Marlene Myers

Facebook faces Class Action suit over facial recognition on photos

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Now, US District Judge James Donato has ruled that it can proceed with class-action status.

As part of initial legal procedure, the class of people filing this lawsuit has been legally defined as Facebook users "in IL for whom Facebook created and stored a face template after June 7, 2011". A company spokesperson said it is "reviewing the ruling", adding that "we continue to believe the case has no merit and will defend ourselves vigorously".

The three users have sued under an IL state law called the Biometric Information Privacy Act, which affords certain people protections over information such as fingerprints, retina scans, and facial recognition data.

Lawsuit accuses Facebook of violating a 2008 IL law that prohibits companies from collecting and storing the biometric data of people without their consent.

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Facebook also contends it has been very open about the tool since its inception and allows users to turn it off and prevent themselves from being suggested in photo tags. The certification of a class of users is a key step in brining a class action.

Lawsuit challenges the social-network giant over its gathering of facial recognition data on photos without the consent of users.

What does the facial recognition do?

A California judge on Monday gave the green light to a three-year-old case claiming the social network violated IL law. While you are in your general settings, you can even download a copy of what data Facebook has collected. The class suit can accommodate all "Facebook users located in IL for whom Facebook created and stored a face template after June 7, 2011", the judge noted. The law, known as the Biometric Information Privacy Act, also says that information that uniquely identifies an individual is, in essence, their property. However, for the moment, users should be aware that their words and face are owned by Facebook and whoever else they decide to share the data with.

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