Both Verint and Terrogence have provided surveillance and spy technology to U.S. government bodies such as the NSA and the U.S. Navy as well as many other intelligence agencies.
The data was collected to enable the company to use its facial recognition technology to provide "tag suggestions" when photographs are posted on the social network.
A federal judge in California has ruled that Facebook can be sued in a class-action lawsuit brought by users in IL who say the social network improperly used facial recognition technology on their uploaded photographs. This argument hinges on an IL law called the Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), which states a private entity can't store an individual's biometric information without written consent, nor profit from the data. "That's because Facebook is not a social media company; it is the largest data mining operation in existence". 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".
A California judge on Monday gave the green light to a three-year-old case claiming the social network violated IL law.
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"So how does Facebook know that a face in a photo belongs to someone who hasn't consented to facial recognition?"
Facebook tried to dismiss this lawsuit as well, arguing that users who sued "know nearly nothing" about the platform's facial recognition tech. "By using facial recognition", she wrote. "Facebook will still scan your face".
Facebook might think it's facing enough problems right now, but the company's about to run into another privacy-related headache.
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". Facebook also doesn't allow accessing or collecting information via automated methods, such as harvesting bots or scrapers.