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Facebook Face Tagging in Photos loses privacy lawsuit

May 8, 2016

Facebook Face Tagging in Photos loses privacy lawsuit: On Thursday, a US judge rejected a request by the Facebook to toss out the civil suit accusing it for violating the privacy with the face-recognition software to help the ‘tag’ people in the pictures.

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Facebook could be using its dominant market position to violate data protection rules, Germany’s competition watchdog, the Federal Cartel Office, said on March 2, 2016, announcing it had opened a corresponding probe against the social network. / AFP / JONATHAN NACKSTRAND

Facebook Face Tagging in Photos loses privacy lawsuit

A lawsuit was filed by the three Illinois residents under the auspices of state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act that can proceed US District Court Judge James Donato stated.

The courts accept the true plaintiff’s allegations that the Facebook’s face recognition technology involves the scan of the face geometry that was done without the plaintiffs consent, he stated in the ruling.

According to the Judge, it appeared that the legislators in Illinois has passed the act to address the emerging of the biometric technology like Facebook face recognition software that issue in the case.

Facebook in a motion had argued to dismiss that the analyzing uploaded photographs did not qualify as the biometric data and that the Illinois law did not apply at all.

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The leading social network had modified the terms of service to state that the California law applies but the circumstances and timings permit the application of the Illinois act in the suit under the 24-page ruling said.

The suit accuses that Facebook of the unlawfully storing and collecting the biometric data that has taken from the faces in the pictures ‘secretly and even without the consent’ for the feature that will let the people tag friends by the name at the social network.

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The Lawyers of the plaintiffs contend that the Facebook is violating the Illinois of law because the biometric identifiers in the form of the social geometry that are stored, gathered and then used for tagging the suggestions at the California based social network without the permission.

The suit, that are seeks as the unspecified damages, comes as the Internet titans such as Google, Facebook and various others that are investing heavily on the artificial intelligence for the better recognize, understand and to cater the users for the offline offerings.