Facebook Lawsuit Alleges AI Tech Stole Biometric Data Of Users – Could Result In $1,000 To $5,000 Per Incident Per User

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by Tim Brown, Freedom OutPost:

The social media giant that has come under scrutiny for its Nazi-like censorship of conservative voices on its platform with its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, claiming he had no knowledge of it, is facing a class action lawsuit that alleges they stole biometric data without users’ consent, which a US judge just ruled can go forward.

The social media giant that has come under scrutiny for its Nazi-like censorship of conservative voices on its platform with its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, claiming he had no knowledge of it, is facing a class action lawsuit that alleges they stole biometric data without users’ consent, which a US judge just ruled can go forward.

The Daily Mail reports:

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.

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.

‘Consequently, the case will proceed with a class consisting of Facebook users located in Illinois for whom Facebook created and stored a face template after June 7, 2011,’ he said, according to the ruling.

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

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