Facebook Accused of Violating Privacy Via Facial Recognition Technology

Facebook faces Class Action suit over facial recognition on photos

A federal judge allowed a class-action lawsuit against Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB)

Lawsuit accuses Facebook of violating a 2008 IL law that prohibits companies from collecting and storing the biometric data of people without their consent.

At the heart of the issue is a 2008 state regulation known as the Biometric Information Privacy Act, which prohibits the collection or use of biometric data without precise public disclosure.

A Facebook spokesperson says that the company is working to make sure that its products and services comply with GDPR.

Facebook only uses its face-scanning tech in certain countries.

Lawsuit challenges the social-network giant over its gathering of facial recognition data on photos without the consent of users. "This unwanted, unnecessary, and unsafe identification of individuals undermines user privacy, ignores the explicit preferences of Facebook users, and is contrary to law in several state and many parts of the world", the complaint states.

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In a message, Cobbe told Business Insider: "By framing the request for consent to facial recogntion as being about the user experience, about the user's security, and about making Facebook more accessible for visually impaired people, rather than what it's actually about - which is Facebook's all-encompassing surveillance machine in which privacy is not an option - they're going about getting consent in a fundamentally dishonest and manipulative way".

Last month, Cook County sued Facebook and Cambridge Analytica - the data firm at the center of Facebook's most recent controversy regarding privacy and data collection - for violating an IL anti-fraud law when it gave users' data to third parties without permission.

On its help pages detailing how the technology works, Facebook says that users can control the feature from their settings and it does not take information from photos a user is not tagged in. The Electronic Privacy Information Center has called on the FTC to investigate Facebook's facial recognition practices since 2011. A spokeswomen for the firm sent out an email that read, "We continue to believe the case has no merit and will defend ourselves vigorously".

The new feature in the location-based app, which has 30 million-plus user base, would be launch on Tuesday, Wired reported late on Monday.

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