Facebook Users Win Class Cert. In Face Scan Privacy Row

Law360 (April 16, 2018, 10:10 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Monday granted class certification to a group of Illinois Facebook users who say the social media giant unlawfully scanned images of their faces as part of its Tag Suggestions feature, finding individualized evidence was unnecessary to establish the alleged statutory violations that aggrieved class members.

The certification seemed likely after a hearing late last month in San Francisco, and now Facebook will have to face the class' claims that it violated Illinois' stringent Biometric Information Privacy Act, or BIPA, by not obtaining meaningful consent before scanning their freely uploaded photographs to learn and recognize their faces....

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