Facebook's Facial Recognition Violates Privacy, Suit Says

Law360, Chicago (April 2, 2015, 7:07 PM EDT) -- Facebook Inc. was slammed by a proposed class action on Wednesday in Illinois federal court claiming that the social media behemoth's facial software violates state privacy laws by secretly scanning users' pictures for facial feature data without their consent and that the company actively conceals the true nature of the software.

Plaintiff Carlo Licata says that Facebook hides the fact that its tag suggestions feature — which prompts users to identify their friends in uploaded photos — actually uses a proprietary facial recognition software that scans photos for faces, extracts unique biometric identifiers, such as the distance between eyes, which are...

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