Live Markets »News & Advice»Market News»Market News Details
Market News Details
Back

Fresh trouble for FB: US judge demands class action over facial recognition

Reuters/ 17 Apr 18 | 06:27 AM

Facebook

A US 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.

Related Stories

    No Related Stories Found
Widgets Magazine


The ruling adds to the privacy woes that have been mounting against Facebook for weeks, since it was disclosed that the personal information of millions of users was harvested by the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.


US District Judge James Donato ruled in San Francisco federal court that a class action was the most efficient way to resolve the dispute over facial templates.


Facebook said it was reviewing the ruling. "We continue to believe the case has no merit and will defend ourselves vigorously," the company said in a statement.


Lawyers for the plaintiffs could not immediately be reached for comment.


Facebook users sued in 2015, alleging violations of an Illinois state law about the privacy of biometric information.


The class will consist of Facebook users in Illinois for whom Facebook created and stored facial recognition algorithms after June 7, 2011, Donato ruled. That is the date when Facebook launched "Tag Suggestions," a feature that suggests people to tag after a Facebook user uploads a photo.


In the US court system, certification of a class is typically a major hurdle that plaintiffs in proposed class actions need to overcome before reaching a possible settlement or trial.

Widgets Magazine

Sensex

Company Price Gain (%)
NTPC155.701.96
Infosys1,333.051.83
H D F C1,991.550.95
Wipro283.100.86
Hind. Unilever1,753.850.73

Poll

Currently No Poll Available.

Online Portfolio

You can create Online Portfolio here using the below button.

Widgets Magazine