Facebook Biometric Row Halted For 9th Circ. Call On Spokeo

Law360, New York (February 8, 2017, 5:28 PM EST) -- Bids by Facebook Inc. to escape actions alleging it unlawfully collected biometric data were put on hold Tuesday until the Ninth Circuit hands down its ruling in Spokeo, which the U.S. Supreme Court remanded in a landmark, May decision.

The social media giant had asked a California federal court to toss a consolidated action brought by Illinois account holders alleging Facebook's facial recognition and tagging features violate Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act, and to toss a related suit brought by nonuser Frederick Gullen in June. The company has contended that the plaintiffs lack Article III standing under Spokeo Inc. v. Robins....

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