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Facebook Ordered to Face Lawsuit Over Facial Recognition

17 April 2018, 06:48 | Melanie Burgess

Facebook faces Class Action suit over facial recognition on photos

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Yesterday, a judge in California ruled that in order for Tag Suggestions to work, Facebook has gathered biometric information without users' explicit consent. But despite Facebook's success in getting the case moved from IL to San Francisco, the judge ruled that "plaintiffs' claims are sufficiently cohesive to allow for a fair and efficient resolution on a class basis". Specifically, Facebook has created, collected and stored over a billion "face templates" (or "face prints") - highly detailed geometric maps of the face - from over a billion individuals, millions of whom reside in the State of IL.

Facebook is being criticised by privacy activists for how it's allegedly manipulating some of its Eureopean users to consent to its use of facial recognition in photos and videos. The social network isn't presenting the choice as a simple yes-no option: Instead, users are presented with a list of the purported benefits of facial recognition tech, then asked if they want to "Accept and Continue", or click a greyed-out box obliquely called: "Manage Data Settings". "This unwanted, unnecessary, and risky 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.

If the lawsuit goes ahead, every member of the IL group could be entitled to compensation, potentially costing Facebook billions of dollars. The organizations are calling on the FTC to reopen a 2009 investigation of Facebook due to recent revelations regarding Cambridge Analytica accessing millions of Facebook users private data.

Bumble's privacy page notes a laundry list of information the service "may collect" via Facebook.

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This is not the first time Facebook has been under fire for their facial recognition technology.

Facebook can probably recognize that its users' faces are angry.

On its help pages, Facebook says the face templates are made from information about the similarities in every photo the user has been tagged in. In a statement, Facebook said the case "has no merit and will defend ourselves vigorously".



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