Tech & Science Facebook must face class action over facial recognition: U.S. judge

07:45  17 april  2018
07:45  17 april  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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Facebook ’ s vaguely worded face recognition “announcement” coincided with a legal setback. (Fast Company) – Perhaps you saw a post this morning Yesterday, for example, a federal judge ruled that Facebook will be subject to a class action lawsuit about its biometric gathering and storage program.

A federal judge has certified two shareholder class action lawsuits accusing Facebook of hiding concerns about its growth forecasts prior to the social media company' s initial public offering in May 2012.

FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of laptop users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration © REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of laptop users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration A U.S. 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.

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.

U.S. 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.

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Facebook must face a class action lawsuit accusing it of violating its users’ privacy by scanning the content of messages they send to other users for advertising purposes, a U . S . judge has ruled.

(Reuters) - Yahoo Inc was ordered by a Chicago federal judge on Monday to face a class action lawsuit accusing the Internet company of sending U . S . District Judge Manish Shah said the users could sue as a group over messages sent in March 2013 because their claims had enough in common.

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 U.S. 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.

(Reporting by David Ingram; Editing by Sandra Maler and Cynthia Osterman)

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