Google Gets Pause In Biometric Suit Over Face ID 'Arms Race'

By Lauraann Wood (February 12, 2021, 7:53 PM EST) -- A California federal judge decided Friday to halt litigation over Illinois residents' claims that Google violated their biometric privacy rights in an "arms race" to develop facial recognition products until a related case moves further along in court.

U.S. District Judge Beth Freeman said it would promote judicial efficiency and reduce the risk for inconsistency to stay the proposed class action Chicago residents Steven Vance and Tim Janecyk launched over Google's allegedly unlawful use of a data set created by ​​​​​​IBM Corp. while Vance's suit against IBM, which challenges the company's collection of the photos, progresses through federal court in Chicago....

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