Facebook faces billion-dollar lawsuit over facial recognition tags

Facebook faces billion-dollar lawsuit over facial recognition tags

According to Donato, he wrote that because this is now a class-action lawsuit, there is a chance that Facebook could be sued by other users as part of the class-action that could result in billions of dollars, assuming of course if other people join the lawsuit.

Facebook is facing legal action over its use of facial recognition technology, which it alleged used without explicit user permission. Facebook, however, "continue [s] to believe the case has no merit and" vows to "defend [itself] vigorously".

In this case, that group has been defined as users "in IL for whom Facebook created and stored a face template after June 7, 2011", which has the potential to cover millions of individuals.

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

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But Donato found a more narrowly defined class-consisting of users in IL for whom Facebook stored a "face template" after June 7, 2011-could help address two questions central to the case: "D$3 id Facebook's facial recognition technology harvest biometric identifiers as contemplated under BIPA, and if so, did Facebook give users prior notice of these practices and obtain their consent?"

The plaintiffs, a group of Facebook users in IL, say Facebook collects and stores the biometric data of users as a part of a "face template" without prior notice or consent.

Following a successful test in December 2010, the function rolled out worldwide the next summer, making it easier for users to tag Facebook friends in photos. This argument hinges on an IL law called the Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), which states a private entity can't store an individual's biometric information without written consent, nor profit from the data.

Executives from Facebook will appear before an Oireachtas committee later today to consider the use of social media and its potential influence on previous and future elections and referenda.

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In the worst data leak in company history, Facebook initially reported that 50 million of its users' private information was used without consent by United Kingdom -based Cambridge Analytica for critical political voting in that country and the U.S.

Last week, Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg testified on Capitol Hill about the data scandal, the company's data collection practices and the need for new regulation.

The law in question is called the Biometric Information Privacy Act, which offers users protection over security methods used by websites, including iris scan, fingerprint, voiceprint, or scans of hands.

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