Facebook loses facial recognition technology appeal, must face class action
Euronews.com - Thu 8 Aug 21:12 GMT

By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected Facebook Inc’s effort to undo a class action lawsuit claiming that it

  (Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected Facebook Inc’s effort to undo a class action lawsuit claiming that it illegally collected and stored biometric data for millions of users without their consent.

  The 3-0 decision from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco exposes Facebook to billions of dollars in potential damages to the Illinois users who brought the case.

  The lawsuit began in 2015, when Illinois users accused Facebook of violating that state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act by using facial recognition technology to collect biometric data.

  Writing for the appeals court, Circuit Judge Sandra Ikuta said the Illinois users could sue as a group, rejecting Facebook’s argument their claims were unique and required individual lawsuits.

  The appeals court returned the case to U.S. District Judge James Donato in San Francisco, who had certified a class action in April 2018, for a possible trial unless Facebook successfully appeals.

  Federal court procedures allowed the plaintiffs to sue Facebook in California though they called Illinois home.

  The case is Patel et al v Facebook Inc, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, No. 19-15982.