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

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

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

Recently US District Judge James Donato has ruled that Facebook can now be sued in a class-action lawsuit filed by three IL users who claims that the feature gathered biometric data without their explicit consent. The lawsuit has three plaintiffs, but a class-action status could potentially include millions of IL users. According to a court order, the class of people are Facebook users in IL for whom Facebook created and stored a face template after June 7, 2011.

Nimesh Patel started his suit against Facebook back in 2015 for violations of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, which protected citizens data by requiring informed consent to gather biometric information, including about their faces.

District judge James Donato has given the go-ahead for a major lawsuit to settle a dispute between the social network and a group of users in IL over the handling of their private data, The Independent reports.

Facebook created a template that automatically tags people when a photo is uploaded to the site.

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

The feature is not available to users in most countries, including the United Kingdom - and can be turned off in settings for US users.

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This isn't the only current lawsuit against Facebook coming out of IL.

Facebook has been under intense scrutiny over fake news being delivered through the platform and the allegations that data analytics and political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica mined the data of 80 million users without consent.

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.

This is not the first time Facebook has been under fire for their facial recognition technology. These changes included the opportunity to opt in to face recognition features that help people to manage their identity on Facebook.

Should Facebook lose the case, any member of the group could be entitled to compensation.

"We are beginning small and know it is important to learn from this test and listen to our community as we continue to update ways for people to understand what might be false news in their News Feed", it said.

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