Facebook facing class action suit over facial recognition tech

Facebook facing class action suit over facial recognition tech

Facebook facing class action suit over facial recognition tech

Facebook violated an IL state law by improperly using their photo-scanning and facial recognition technologies and storing biometric data without their users' consent, a federal judge in California ruled on Monday, after reviewing a 2015 claim made against Facebook by three IL plaintiffs. The certification of a class of users is a key step in brining a class action. Now, the same judge who denied the tech giant's 2016 motion to dismiss has given the go-ahead to proceed with a class action lawsuit.

The plaintiffs say Facebook's creation and storing of face templates for automatic photo-tagging purposes is prohibited under BIPA.

The three users have sued under an IL state law called the Biometric Information Privacy Act, which affords certain people protections over information such as fingerprints, retina scans, and facial recognition data.

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This law protects people over information such as fingerprints, retina scans, and facial recognition.

Facebook says that it is reviewing Monday's ruling that certifies the class action.

What does the facial recognition do?

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According to BBC News, the technology involves Facebook's "tag suggestions", which can identify a user's friends in an image. 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. However, the lawsuit is based on the earlier collection of user data. It is now unavailable in the United Kingdom, but has been a feature in the USA since 2011. The company says that its "face templates" are not related to the state's Biometric Information Privacy Act.

Once you've entered your privacy settings, scroll down all the way until you reach "How people can find and contact you" and change your settings accordingly - you'll also want to ensure that the last option: "Do you want search engines outside of Facebook to link to your profile" is set on "No".

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