Facebook must face class action over face-tagging in photos: judge

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A California judge has ruled that a class-action lawsuit against Facebook's use of facial-recognition technology can go ahead - signaling further legal woes for the social network. The lawsuit says this breaches IL state law.

The class action will consist of users in IL "for whom Facebook created and stored a face template after June 7, 2011", he said.

Facebook users sued in 2015, alleging violations of an IL state law about the privacy of biometric information.

The coalition also claims Facebook's policy violates the 2011 Consent Order with the Commission, calling the scanning of faces without "unlawful".

The organizations say that Facebook is deceptively selling the facial recognition technology to users by encouraging them to identify people in photographs.

BOOM will review English language news stories flagged on Facebook, check facts, and rate their accuracy, it said.

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Carolina Milanesi, the author of the study, found that when asked on how Facebook can regain user trust, rather than getting more tools and settings, a lot of the users are asking for the company's transparency.

If the lawsuit goes ahead, every member of the IL group could be entitled to compensation, potentially costing Facebook billions of dollars.

The ruling is the latest in a mounting number of privacy headaches suffered in recent weeks by the social-networking giant since it disclosed that Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy affiliated with the Trump campaign, had improperly accessed the personal data of about 87 million Facebook users. On Facebook's help pages, the company says the face templates are made from information about the similarities in every photo the user has been tagged in.

This template is then used to suggest tags for other images if it recognises the faces in them.

"We are beginning small and know it is important to learn from this test and listen to our community as we continue to update ways for people to understand what might be false news in their News Feed", it said.

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