Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

Judge: Class-action lawsuit against Facebook for using facial recognition may proceed

Judge: Class-action lawsuit against Facebook for using facial recognition may proceed

The technology was suspended for users in Europe in 2012 over privacy fears. Forbes discovered that one such company is Terrogence, a surveillance company founded by former Israeli intelligence officer Shai Arbel, has been building a massive facial recognition database using photos and videos scraped from Facebook, YouTube and other social media networks. This is the date that Facebook launched the Tag Suggestions feature.

Recently US District Judge James Donato has ruled that Facebook can now be sued in a class-action lawsuit filed by three IL users who claims that the feature gathered biometric data without their explicit consent.

The lawsuit alleges that Facebook gathered biometric information without users' explicit consent.

While younger generations are switching to Instagram and Snapchat as their primary social media platforms, 82 percent of 18-29-year-olds use Facebook, according to a Pew Research Center study. Only when they click "Continue" on that are they given a binary option: "Allow Facebook to recognise me in photos or videos" or "Don't allow Facebook to recognise me in photos and videos". The judge is based in San Francisco where the case had been moved at Facebook's request.

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Jennifer Lynch, senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, warned that if this facial recognition database had been shared with the USA government, it could pose a significant threat to free speech. You can't even escape this by not having Facebook. You can't escape this by saying no. "Facebook will still scan your face". And its good to know that the higher that percentage, the more the company retains on each dollar of sales, to service its other costs and the debt obligations, and Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB)'s gross margin stands at 86.60%.

In a statement, the spokesperson said: "We recently began to preview some of the changes we're making in preparation for the General Data Protection Regulation".

The latest lawsuit is smaller but will still include millions of people. This, it added, improves the accuracy of information on Facebook and reduce misinformation.

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