Suit against Google’s use of facial recognition on stored photos is tossed by judge

December 31, 2018


On Saturday, a U.S. District Judge in Chicago tossed a lawsuit against Google that had originally been filed in March 2016. According to Reuters, the suit claimed that Google violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act by using facial recognition software to collect and store biometric data from photographs without permission. Google was allegedly doing the illegal activity through the Google Photos app.

The plaintiffs had asked for a total of $5 million to cover the “hundreds of thousands” of Illinois residents affected.

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