Aug 9, 2019

Facebook faces legal fight over facial recognition

A US court has thrown out an attempt by Facebook to stop legal action over the way it collected images of people's faces. The lawsuit alleges that Facebook did not do enough to warn people it would be collecting detailed images of their faces and that it did not get their explicit consent to do so. The class action has also won support from the American Civil Liberties Union which has taken a strong stance against the growing use of facial recognition data. The legal action began in 2015 with a claim Facebook had broken Illinois laws limiting the collection of biometric data. If the class action court case succeeds, Facebook could end up paying substantial damages.

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