Facebook class action looms over facial recognition software

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Nimesh Patel started his suit against Facebook back in 2015 for violations of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, which protected citizens data by requiring informed consent to gather biometric information, including about their faces.

The coalition also claims Facebook's policy violates the 2011 Consent Order with the Commission, calling the scanning of faces without "unlawful".

"As more people become aware of the scope of Facebook's data collection and as consequences begin to attach to that data collection, whether economic or regulatory, Facebook will have to take a long look at its privacy practices and make changes consistent with user expectations and regulatory requirements", said Shawn Williams, one of the plaintiffs' lawyers, according to Bloomberg.

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

Jennifer Cobbe, a tech law researcher at the University of Cambridge, shared screenshots of the prompts on her Twitter page.

Carolina Milanesi, the author of the study, found that when asked on how Facebook can regain user trust, rather than getting more tools and settings, a lot of the users are asking for the company's transparency.

Bumble's privacy page notes a laundry list of information the service "may collect" via Facebook.

A California judge on Monday gave the green light to a three-year-old case claiming the social network violated IL law.

On May 25, GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) will come into effect.

"If you've never been tagged in a photo on Facebook or have untagged yourself in all photos of you on Facebook, then we do not have this summary information for you".

What does the facial recognition do? "By using facial recognition", she wrote.

The class will consist of Facebook users in IL for whom Facebook created and stored facial recognition algorithms after June 7, 2011, Judge Donato ruled. You can't even escape this by not having Facebook. "We continue to believe the case has no merit and will defend ourselves vigorously".

June 2011 was the date on which Facebook rolled out its "tag suggestions" feature.

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