Facebook must face class action over face-tagging in photos: judge

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Facebook faces a class action lawsuit over claims that it used facial recognition tools on users' photos without their permission, a U.S. judge has ruled.

Lawsuit accuses Facebook of violating a 2008 IL law that prohibits companies from collecting and storing the biometric data of people without their consent.

As part of initial legal procedure, the class of people filing this lawsuit has been legally defined as Facebook users "in IL for whom Facebook created and stored a face template after June 7, 2011".

Nimesh Patel started his suit against Facebook back in 2015 for violations of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, which protected citizens data by requiring informed consent to gather biometric information, including about their faces.

Facebook has used facial recognition technology on photos posted to the site since 2010 to automatically detect and put names to faces.

The coalition also claims Facebook's policy violates the 2011 Consent Order with the Commission, calling the scanning of faces without "unlawful". The social network turned off facial recognition in Europe in 2012, the website says.

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A Facebook spokesperson says that the company is working to make sure that its products and services comply with GDPR.

A California judge on Monday gave the green light to a three-year-old case claiming the social network violated IL law. 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.

Following a successful test in December 2010, the function rolled out worldwide the next summer, making it easier for users to tag Facebook friends in photos.

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

One of the features that Facebook introduced to its platform several years ago was the ability to recognize faces in your photos.

"We are beginning small and know it is important to learn from this test and listen to our community as we continue to update ways for people to understand what might be false news in their News Feed", it said.

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