Facebook Facial Recognition Class-Action Lawsuit Could Cost Them 'Billions'

Cornelia Mascio
Апреля 17, 2018

Facebook has issued a statement saying it continues to believe the case has no merit, and that it will continue to fight it "vigorously".

The organizations say that Facebook is deceptively selling the facial recognition technology to users by encouraging them to identify people in photographs.

Facebook got the case moved from IL to San Francisco, where Judge James Donato affirmed that a class-action lawsuit was the best path to a solution in this regard.

The move comes in response to users criticizing Facebook for its handling of user data and protecting privacy.

The idea was that it would make it easier for users to tag their friends in photos, although it seems that not everyone necessarily appreciates the convenience that the feature offers.

Not very long after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced Congress regarding Facebook's poor handling of users' data as a result of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the company has now been accused of illicitly obtaining users' biometric information through the use of facial recognition technology.

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

Judge Donato didn't agree with Facebook's argument that the law doesn't apply to it, because its servers aren't located in the state.

As it stands the suit is seeking damages of up to $5,000 for everytime a person's image was used without permission. If the suit is successful, every person in the class-action could receive a payout. The Electronic Privacy Information Center has called on the FTC to investigate Facebook's facial recognition practices since 2011.

The new feature in the location-based app, which has 30 million-plus user base, would be launch on Tuesday, Wired reported late on Monday.

The company is now trying to roll out facial recognition technology inside the European Union again, according to the Irish Times, but on an opt-in basis.

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