Following the data scandal with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica and also sneaking into non-users’ information, Facebook can face a class action lawsuit from using photo scanning tools on the user’s image without their consent.
The face recognition tool ‘tag suggestions’ is now under heat and U.S. Federal Judge James Donato made the ruling last April 16.
The class action lawsuit against Facebook started last 2015 and now, it was given that critical go-ahead.
Under the Illinois state law on protecting biometric privacy, Facebook could be fined at least $1,000 to $5,000 for each a person’s image was used without their consent.
According to Judge Donato, the class will consist of Facebook users in Illinois which their Facebook accounts were created and facial algorithms were stored after June 2011, the date when Facebook launched its ‘tag suggestions’ feature.
Facebook has provided a simple statement, in response to this issue the company has been facing: “We are reviewing the ruling. We continue to believe the case has no merit and will defend ourselves vigorously.”