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US judge: Facebook must face class action over facial recognition

17 April 2018

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 outcome of the case hinges on a law in IL called the Biometric Information Privacy Act that prevents private entities from storing a person's biometrics information without their explicit consent, says Alphr.

Over the last few weeks, Facebook has drawn intense criticism from users and governments globally over a number of issues, ranging from false news on the platform to information of over 80 million users being mined by data analytics and political consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica. Consequently, a number of users and companies have made a decision to drop the social network and delete all of their Facebook accounts and activity.

The suit-first filed in 2015-alleges that Facebook's photo-tagging feature violates Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), which forbids collection of identifiable biometric data without a person's explicit consent. It's not used to share as many personal thoughts as it once was, but students say that, going forward, the data leak teaches a lesson about online privacy. Those who still prefer to log in using their Facebook account, meanwhile, can continue to do so.

Ms Naughton also said Facebook still has questions to answer.

"We know the effect of social media, how it fuels opinion now right across every sector from politics to young people and business and communities". "If I had to give up all social media and keep only one, it would be Facebook".

"Their reasons are well-founded, but I don't have much confidence in the movement", Wen said.

The social media giant also argued that the case is without merit since no "actual" harm was inflicted upon users. People should log in to Facebook to find out what it's "capturing" about them, he said. Both Verint and Terrogence have provided surveillance and spy technology to U.S. government bodies such as the NSA and the U.S. Navy as well as many other intelligence agencies. When you contemplate face recognition that's everywhere, we have to think about what that's going to mean for us.

US judge: Facebook must face class action over facial recognition