Facebook class action looms over facial recognition software

Facebook faces Class Action suit over facial recognition on photos

Facebook faces Class Action suit over facial recognition on photos

According to Donato's decision, the class action will consist of users in the state "for whom Facebook created and stored a face template after June 7, 2011".

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?" Facebook, on the other hand, has been collecting that data including facial recognition for years.

A California judge on Monday gave the green light to a three-year-old case claiming the social network violated IL law. Donato in February rejected Facebook's bid to dismiss the suit, finding BIPA left "little question that the IL legislature codified a right of privacy in personal biometric information".

Facebook also contends it has been very open about the tool since its inception and allows users to turn it off and prevent themselves from being suggested in photo tags. Now, US District Judge James Donato has ruled that it can proceed with class-action status.

The plaintiffs claim Facebook collects and stores their biometric data without prior notice or consent, the ruling said. The company issued a statement through a spokesman saying that the case had no merit, and would fight it vigorously.

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Judge Donato has ruled that the IL privacy act is clear and that Facebook collected a "wealth of data on its users, including self-reported residency and IP addresses".

Testifying before the US Congress, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had said his organisation was committed to ensure integrity of elections across the world, including India.

On Monday, the company clarified in a blog post how it tracks people when they're not directly on the app or site.

Social networking giant Facebook is introducing a third-party fact-checking programme in India to combat the spread of "false news" on its platform, starting with a pilot in Karnataka, which goes to polls next month.

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