Tech Giants Face Privacy Suits Over Face ID 'Arms Race'

By Mike LaSusa (July 15, 2020, 6:23 PM EDT) -- Technology industry behemoths including Amazon, Google and Microsoft are engaged in an "arms race" to develop facial recognition products that has involved stepping on the privacy rights of Illinois residents, according to a handful of lawsuits in California and Washington federal court.

Chicago residents Steven Vance and Tim Janecyk filed four nearly identical proposed class actions Tuesday against Inc., Google LLC, Microsoft Corp. and a fourth company called Facefirst Inc., alleging the companies violated Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act by using a dataset containing geometric scans of their faces without their permission.

Vance and Janecyk said the tech companies used...

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