Wednesday, 25 April, 2018

Facebook Ordered to Face Lawsuit Over Facial Recognition

Ally Zacek | The DePaulia CloseAlly Zacek | The DePaulia
Heather Davidson | 17 April, 2018, 18:48

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

Facebook has used facial recognition technology on photos posted to the site since 2010 to automatically detect and put names to faces.

Jennifer Cobbe, a tech law researcher at the University of Cambridge, shared screenshots of the prompts on her Twitter page.

A California judge on Monday gave the green light to a three-year-old case claiming the social network violated IL law.

Privacy consultant Pat Walshe criticised Facebook's approach as "the manipulation of choice", while Bloomberg reporter Sarah Frier observed: "Facebook's "you get to decide whether to consent to facial recognition" in the European Union is basically an ad for facial recognition with no obvious way to opt out". It's an ambitious pan-European regulation that requires companies using people's data to get their explicit consent to do so, and has sent companies scrambling to prepare.

This is not the first time Facebook has been under fire for their facial recognition technology. The idea was that it would make it easier for users to tag their friends in photos, although it seems that not everyone necessarily appreciates the convenience that the feature offers. "By using facial recognition", she wrote.

Facebook violated an IL state law by improperly using their photo-scanning and facial recognition technologies and storing biometric data without their users' consent, a federal judge in California ruled on Monday, after reviewing a 2015 claim made against Facebook by three IL plaintiffs. You can't even escape this by not having Facebook.

Facebook has issued a statement saying it continues to believe the case has no merit, and that it will continue to fight it "vigorously".

This template is then used to suggest tags for other images if it recognises the faces in them. This, it added, improves the accuracy of information on Facebook and reduce misinformation.

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