Friday, 27 April, 2018

Facebook facing class action suit over facial recognition tech

Facebook could have to pay 'billions' in damages in class action lawsuit over facial recognition Facebook class action lawsuit over facial recognition OK'd by judge
Kayla Schwartz | 17 April, 2018, 18:37

This is the date that Facebook launched the Tag Suggestions feature.

The class of people in question is made up of Facebook users "in IL for whom Facebook created and stored a face template after 7 June 2011", according to the court order. Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) users in IL sued the company in 2015 for violating a state privacy law.

Facebook must face a class action lawsuit over its use of facial recognition technology, a California judge has ruled.

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

It's the latest privacy controversy for Facebook; last week, CEO Mark Zuckerberg spent two days answering questions on Capitol Hill over the Cambridge Analytica user-data scandal.

In a successful class action suit, any person in that group could be entitled to compensation.

Bodies of all 4 missing Valencia family members recovered from NorCal river
Jennifer Hart was reportedly drunk behind the wheel when her family's SUV fell 100 feet off the Pacific Coast Highway in March. A witness recalled seeing an SUV matching the description of the missing Valencia family's vehicle plunge into the Eel River.

A spokesperson, however, told Reuters that "We continue to believe the case has no merit and will defend ourselves vigorously".

On April 6, a coalition of consumer privacy organizations led by the Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, accusing Facebook of violating individual's privacy via the company's facial recognition practices.

What does the facial recognition do? As far back as 2015, The Anti Media reported on a lawsuit involving a man who, despite not having a Facebook account, was fighting to get his "faceprint" from the company. The law also made it illegal for companies to sell, lease, or otherwise profit from a customer's biometric information.

Earlier this week, The Interceptor, based on the confidential documents obtained, exposed Facebook's secret new advertising service that leverages artificial AI to predict user behavior.

In December 2017 Facebook announced that users would be notified if a picture of them was uploaded by someone else, even if they hadn't been tagged in it.

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