Published: Tue, April 17, 2018

Facebook class action lawsuit over facial recognition OK'd by judge

Facebook class action lawsuit over facial recognition OK'd by judge

The decision by a United States district judge means the company could be sued by millions of United States users.

The minister has requested Facebook to conduct a full investigation to the third party-linked apps, in order to prevent the similar scandal, and to contain the damages earlier.

Facebook says that it is reviewing Monday's ruling that certifies the class action.

A U.S. federal judge ruled on Monday that Facebook Inc must face a class action lawsuit alleging that the social network unlawfully used a facial recognition process on photos without user permission.

Facebook violated an IL state law by improperly using their photo-scanning and facial recognition technologies and storing biometric data without their users' consent, a federal judge in California ruled on Monday, after reviewing a 2015 claim made against Facebook by three IL plaintiffs.


They are referring to Facebook's "tag suggestions" feature, which uses facial recognition to suggest which friends to tag in a photo. 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.

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.

The suit seeks penalties of up to $5,000 for every time a user's facial image is used without his or her permission. "We continue to believe the case has no merit and will defend ourselves vigorously", the company said in a statement. "The Facebook representatives have sent us the materials for the hearing", Abdul Kharis Almasyari, head of Commission I of the House of Representatives said in Jakarta.

The facial recognition feature isn't now available in the UK.

The company is now trying to roll out facial recognition technology inside the European Union again, according to the Irish Times, but on an opt-in basis.

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