April 17, 2018
Facebook will face a class action law suit in the wake of its privacy scandal, a US federal judge has ruled.
Allegations of privacy violations emerged when it was revealed the app used a photo-scanning tool on users’ images without their explicit consent.
The facial recognition tool, launched in 2010, suggests names for people it identifies in photos uploaded by users.
Under Illinois state law, the company could be fined $1,000 to $5,000 (£700 – £3,500) each time a person’s image was used without consent.
The technology was suspended for users in Europe in 2012 over privacy fears but is still live in the US and other regions worldwide.
It is believed that the function runs afoul of Illinois state law on protecting biometric privacy.
Judge James Donato ruled the claims by Illinois residents Nimesh Patel, Adam Pezen, and Carlo Licata were ‘sufficiently cohesive to allow for a fair and efficient resolution on a class basis.
This article was posted: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 7:38 am