Facebook paid $650 million to users who alleged the company created and stored scans of their faces without permission. The class-action suit, filed in Illinois in 2015, involved Facebook’s use of facial recognition technology in its photo-tagging feature.
With that feature, users can tag friends in photos uploaded to Facebook, creating links to the friends’ profiles. The site’s Tag Suggestions program generated automatic suggestions by using scans of previously uploaded images to identify people in newly uploaded shots.
Biometrics is one of the two primary battlegrounds, along with geolocation. That will define our privacy rights for the next generation, Attorney Jay Edelson, who filed the lawsuit, said in January of 2020. At the time, Facebook had proposed a settlement of $550 million. But the following July, the judge in the case, US District Judge James Donato, said that figure wasn’t high enough.
Facebook said in a statement Saturday that it’s “pleased to have reached a settlement so we can move past this matter, which is in the best interest of our community and our shareholders.”
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