Apr 17, 2018

Facebook facial recognition faces class-action suit

Facebook must face a class action lawsuit over its use of facial recognition technology, a California judge has ruled. On Monday, US District Judge James Donato ruled to certify a class of Facebook users - a key legal hurdle for a class action suit. The class of people in question is Facebook users "In Illinois for whom Facebook created and stored a face template after June 7, 2011", according to the court order. For each face, Facebook computes a face signature - a mathematical representation of the face in that photo. "If you've never been tagged in a photo on Facebook or have untagged yourself in all photos of you on Facebook, then we do not have this summary information for you," the company says.

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