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Users Can Sue Facebook Over Facial Recognition Software, Court Rules


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Artist's representation of Facebook in court.

The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled that Illinois-based Facebook users can sue the social network for its use of facial recognition software.

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The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled that Illinois-based Facebook users can sue the social network for using facial recognition software.

Those Facebook users have accused the company of violating Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act with its tag suggestions feature, which can analyze persons' facial details from uploaded photos.

The 9th Circuit judges wrote, "Once a face template of an individual is created, Facebook can use it to identify that individual in any of the other hundreds of millions of photos uploaded to Facebook each day, as well as determine when the individual was present at a specific location."

The American Civil Liberties Union said this is the first decision by a U.S. appellate court to address privacy concerns presented by the technology.

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