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Technology Instagram Faces Lawsuit Over Illegal Harvesting of Biometrics

12:08  12 august  2020
12:08  12 august  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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The lawsuit argues that this method of data mining directly violates users’ privacy laws , describing the facial recognition feature as a “brazen disregard for its users’ privacy rights,” through which Facebook has “secretly amassed the world’s largest privately held database of consumer biometrics data.”

Instagram Faces Lawsuit Over Illegal Harvesting of Biometric Facebook Limits Ad Targeting That Some Linked to Race. The increase was lower than the average 1.1% daily gain over the past week. Deaths rose by 0.5% to 164,137. California reported 12,500 new confirmed infections, its

(Bloomberg) -- Facebook Inc. is facing new allegations that it illegally harvests the biometric data of users, this time in a lawsuit that targets the company’s photo-sharing app Instagram.

The Facebook Inc. Instagram logo is displayed on an Apple Inc. iPhone in an arranged photograph taken in Arlington, Virginia, U.S. on Monday, April 29, 2019. Facebook's sales gains are increasingly being driven by photo-sharing app Instagram and advertising in its Stories feature, a Snapchat copycat. © Bloomberg The Facebook Inc. Instagram logo is displayed on an Apple Inc. iPhone in an arranged photograph taken in Arlington, Virginia, U.S. on Monday, April 29, 2019. Facebook's sales gains are increasingly being driven by photo-sharing app Instagram and advertising in its Stories feature, a Snapchat copycat.

Last month, the social media company offered to pay $650 million to settle a lawsuit in which it was accused of illegally collecting biometric data through a photo-tagging tool provided to Facebook users.

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Instagram Faces Lawsuit Over Illegal Harvesting of Biometric Facebook Limits Ad Targeting That Some Linked to Race. “ Lawsuits like this by companies who accumulate patents simply to harass the industry only serve to stifle innovation and harm consumers,” Apple said in a statement.

Instagram . The lawsuit over facial recognition privacy has just been dismissed by a judge in Chicago, who found that the In April, a federal judge ruled that Facebook must face a class action lawsuit from Illinois users over allegations that it used facial recognition technology photos without

In the new lawsuit, filed Monday in state court in Redwood City, California, the company is accused of collecting, storing and profiting from the biometric data of more than 100 million Instagram users, without their knowledge or consent.

The practice violates an Illinois privacy law that bars the unauthorized collection of biometric data, according to the lawsuit. Under the law a company can be forced to pay $1,000 per violation -- or $5,000 if it’s found to have acted recklessly or intentionally.

Only at the beginning of this year did Facebook start informing Instagram users that it was collecting the biometric data, according to the suit.

Facebook didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, made after regular business hours.

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Create an account or log in to Instagram - A simple, fun & creative way to capture, edit & share photos, videos & messages with friends & family. Instagram . Phone number, username, or email. Password.

Eight lawsuits have been filed so far against the social media giant for its role in data misuse by the Zellmer, who has never been a Facebook user, claims that Facebook's " face templates" that the Anthony Williams, Tyoka Brumfield and Wendy Burnett filed a class action lawsuit against Facebook

The suit is Whalen v. Facebook, 20-civ-03346, Superior Court of California (Redwood City).

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