In a statement, cited by Reuters, Facebook said the case had “no merit” and that the company would defend itself “vigorously”. Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, California. A federal judge’s ruling this week means Facebook could face billions of dollars in damages if the court finds the company violated Illinois residents’ privacy rights with its facial tagging feature.
S&P Index data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. The company has used a program it calls DeepFace to match other photos of a person. Anytime somebody uploads a photo, Facebook will attempt to detect any faces by scanning the image. District Judge James Donato of the Northern District of California certified a class in the privacy lawsuit. Use of the increasingly popular technology by employers has come under fire in Illinois, which has one of the strictest biometric privacy laws in the nation.
It’s rare for consumers to win class-action status in privacy cases. All Rights Reserved. All rights reserved. Both companies have insisted in court that gathering data on what you look like isn’t against the law, even without your permission. The facial recognition feature is turned on by default, although users can turn it off . Donato also rejected Facebook’s concerns that class certification would enable the plaintiffs to seek an unreasonable amount of damages.
The feature uses facial recognition software to match users’ new photos with other photos they’re tagged in. Arguments similar to Facebook’s — that the collection of biometric data caused no real harm to the people suing — have been used in other cases. Facebook has for years encouraged users to tag people in photographs they upload in their personal posts and the social network stores the collected information.
In Monday’s decision , Donato found that not all photos uploaded to Facebook resulted in the collection of biometric data. Facebook has argued that if its collection of biometric information did not harm individuals, they do not have grounds to sue under Illinois’ biometrics law. It groups similar photos together and suggests the names of friends in the photos. Edelson pointed to Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before Congress last week regarding the alleged misuse of Facebook data by political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.
Offers may be subject to change without notice. The company also filed a patent in 2014 for technology that lets it provide certain types of content to users based off of reading their emotions with a camera in their computer or phone. When Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg testified in Congress last week over the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Illinois Sen. All rights reserved. The Illinois law has led to other lawsuits , including would-be class actions against Google and Shutterfly.
NRA supporters are blowing up Yeti coolers. The company “seems to believe” that the lawsuit should be pursued by individuals, not as a group, because “damages could amount to billions of dollars,” U.S. Quotes delayed at least 15 minutes. Get Daily News stories, delivered to your inbox. The Illinois residents who sued argued the 2008 law gives them a “property interest” in the algorithms that constitute their digital identities.
Facebook started rolling out its facial tagging feature for photos in 2010. Damages could amount to billions of dollars, Donato noted in his order. Whenever a company may be guilty of something, from petty neglect to grand deception, there’s usually a class action lawsuit filed. The company argued each individual user could be “aggrieved” differently, and must prove that they suffered an actual injury beyond a privacy right.
There was an error submitting the form. Roe v. The social media platform does have information on its website regarding the feature and points users toward their settings to disable it. Facebook is reviewing Monday’s ruling, spokeswoman Genevieve Grdina said in an emailed statement. “We continue to believe the case has no merit and will defend ourselves vigorously,” she said. But until a judge rules that lawsuit legitimate, the threat remains fairly empty.
Get tech news in your inbox weekday mornings. The final leg of the four-part expedition of the Atmospheric Tomography Mission, also known as ATom, will take off from Palmdale Friday. Please try again. Copyright 2018 American Bar Association. However, the lawsuit alleges that the company did not obtain written consent from users or properly notify them about how the information would be used or or how long it would be kept.