Research and Markets - Facebook Loses its Appeal in Lawsuit Over Photo Tagging System

May 06, 2016, 06:53 ET from Research and Markets

DUBLIN, May 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

A federal judge in San Francisco has ruled against a motion by Facebook to dismiss claims that the company unlawfully collected and stored users' biometric data. The dispute is over Facebook's photo-tagging system, which automatically matches names to faces on photos uploaded to the social media website. The three Illinois residents say Facebook violated their privacy by not asking for permission to use their faces as biometric identifiers.

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The usage of social media among employees and customers for various purposes such as shopping, image search, and data sharing has increased the focus of organizations toward image recognition technology usage in social media. The image recognition market is projected to be worth $29.98 billion by 2020. Facebook launched its photo-tagging tool in 2010, and argued that it is disclosed in its terms and conditions that users can opt out at any time.

The Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act of 2008 requires companies to get consent from consumers before collecting or storing biometric data. Facebook argued that its user agreement stipulates that disputes must be resolved under the laws of California, where it's based. California happens to be one of the 47 states without laws regulating biometrics or facial recognition. However, the judge rejected that argument.

Earlier in 2016, Google's photo-tagging system was the subject of a lawsuit under Illinois law. These cases could have a negative impact on the growing facial recognition and biometric markets. Enterprises have been implementing multimodal biometrics in a number of sectors, such as healthcare, BFSI, transportation, automotive and government.

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