Facebook Slapped with Lawsuit Over Facial Recognition Tech

Facebook Slapped with Lawsuit Over Facial Recognition Tech

Facebook Slapped with Lawsuit Over Facial Recognition Tech

The lawsuit could clear the way for millions of the site's users to sue the company for using their image without permission.

In its blogpost, the company said it believes that "once a story is rated as false, we have been able to reduce its distribution by 80 per cent, and thereby, improve accuracy of information on Facebook and reduce misinformation". The lawsuit was originally filed back in 2015 by users in IL, accusing the social network of violating a law in the state that prohibits the collection of biometric info. While Donato downplayed the persuasiveness of the Six Flags decision, calling it "a now unpublished opinion by an intermediate court of appeals in IL", he posited that the IL court likely would have found actual harm in the Facebook case.

A federal judge ruled that consumers in IL could proceed with a class action lawsuit over the facial recognition technology that helps Facebook power its Tag Suggestions tool. The idea was that it would make it easier for users to tag their friends in photos, although it seems that not everyone necessarily appreciates the convenience that the feature offers.

Also on Monday, Facebook confirmed that it collected information from people beyond their social network use.

The European Union's digital chief is also slated to meet with the embattled CEO amid increasing criticisms from activists in Europe that the company is engaging in manipulative and deceitful conduct in order to impose facial surveillance on European users.


BOOM will review English language news stories flagged on Facebook, check facts, and rate their accuracy, it said.

The ruling adds to the privacy woes mounting against Facebook over recent weeks, following disclosures that the personal information of millions of users was harvested by political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica.

Zuckerberg was questioned on Capitol Hill last week, though has demurred about whether the country needs federal regulations to protect privacy, which would likely include elements of Illinois' law.

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

Folks can, of course, turn off the service via Facebook's privacy settings.

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