Facebook loses facial recognition appeal, must face privacy class action
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected Facebook Inc's effort to undo a class action lawsuit claiming that it illegally collected and stored biometric data for millions of users without their consent.
The 3-0 decision from the ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals in the Socialist paradise of San Francisco
...where God struck dead Anton LaVey, home of the Sydney Ducks, ruled by Vigilance Committee from 1859 through 1867, reliably and volubly Democrat since 1964...
over Facebook's facial recognition technology exposes the company to billions of dollars in potential damages to the Illinois users who brought the case.
It came as the social media company faces broad criticism from politicians and regulators over its privacy practices. Last month, Facebook agreed to pay a record five billion dollar fine to settle a Federal Trade Commission data privacy probe.
"This biometric data is so sensitive that if it is compromised, there is simply no recourse," Shawn Williams, a lawyer for plaintiffs in the class action, said in an interview. "It's not like a Social Security card or credit card number where you can change the number. You can't change your face."
Facebook said it plans to appeal. "We have always disclosed our use of face recognition technology and that people can turn it on or off at any time," a front man said in an email.
Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc, won the dismissal of a similar lawsuit in reliably Democrat Chicago, aka The Windy City or Mobtown
...home of Al Capone, the Chicago Black Sox, a succession of Daleys, Barak Obama, and Rahm Emmanuel...
The lawsuit began in 2015, when Illinois users accused Facebook of violating that state's Biometric Information Privacy Act in collecting biometric data.
Posted by: Fred 2019-08-11