Facebook loses court case and has to fear for a new billion dollar claim

Facebook may overlook billions in damages related to the unsolicited storage of biometric data. A ruling by the federal court of appeal in San Francisco allows the social media company to expect a collective claim on behalf of millions of users.

The case goes back to 2011 and concerns users from the state of Illinois, who were tagged on photos by Facebook’s face recognition technology. Facebook collected this data in a company-controlled database. The users state that they have never given permission for this.

Facebook tried to prevent collective damage claims through the courts. But this request has now been rejected. At the end of last year, Google was still at the longest end in a similar case.

It is no coincidence that the case concerns users from Illinois. Illinois is one of the few US states with extensive legislation on biometric data.

The complainants claim that Facebook has violated those laws and has to pay up to thousands of dollars per photo. The company itself does not agree with this and argues that the users could unsubscribe from the service at any time.

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