Facebook to faces class-action suit over facial recognition
Facebook to faces class-action suit over facial recognition
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17 April, 2018, 15:44
It involves the "tag suggestions" technology, which spots users' friends in uploaded photos; the lawsuit says this breaches IL state law.
The ruling on Monday by a United States federal judge in California comes as the social network is snared in a scandal over the mishandling of 87 million users' data ahead of the 2016 United States presidential election. But despite Facebook's success in getting the case moved from IL to San Francisco, the judge ruled that "plaintiffs' claims are sufficiently cohesive to allow for a fair and efficient resolution on a class basis".
A US federal judge ruled on Monday that Facebook Inc must face a class action lawsuit alleging that the social network unlawfully created facial templates for people without their permission.
The technology at the heart of all this is Facebook's "tag suggestion" feature, which suggests who may be in a photo based on an existing database of faces.
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A federal judge allowed a class-action lawsuit against Facebook Inc.to proceed Monday, according to a Reuters report.
Facebook's arguments that no "actual" harm was caused and that the Act can't apply because its servers aren't in IL failed to convince Donato. If the suit is successful, every person in the class-action could receive a payout. "We continue to believe the case has no merit and will defend ourselves vigorously". The Electronic Privacy Information Center has called on the FTC to investigate Facebook'sfacial recognition practices since 2011.
One of the features that Facebook introduced to its platform several years ago was the ability to recognize faces in your photos.
This is not the first time Facebook has been under fire for their facial recognition technology.
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