Facebook violated an IL state law by improperly using their photo-scanning and facial recognition technologies and storing biometric data without their users' consent, a federal judge in California ruled on Monday, after reviewing a 2015 claim made against Facebook by three IL plaintiffs.
Carolina Milanesi, the author of the study, found that when asked on how Facebook can regain user trust, rather than getting more tools and settings, a lot of the users are asking for the company's transparency.
Facebook, which tried to get the case thrown out, said it was reviewing the ruling.
Facebook could have to pay billions of dollars in damages in a class action lawsuit over facial recognition, according to various reports. It's the latest privacy controversy for Facebook; last week, CEO Mark Zuckerberg spent two days answering questions on Capitol Hill over the Cambridge Analytica user-date scandal. The Electronic Privacy Information Center has called on the FTC to investigate Facebook's facial recognition practices since 2011.
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The company is now trying to roll out facial recognition technology inside the European Union again, according to the Irish Times, but on an opt-in basis.
Facebook's motion to dismiss the lawsuit was rejected in May 2016.
In this case, that group has been defined as users "in IL for whom Facebook created and stored a face template after June 7, 2011", which has the potential to cover millions of individuals.
Also on Monday, Facebook confirmed that it collected information from people beyond their social network use. Lawsuits filed against Facebook allege the company is violating BIPA because it makes faceprints without written consent. However, for the moment, users should be aware that their words and face are owned by Facebook and whoever else they decide to share the data with.