Skip to comments.Federal Judge Drops the Hammer on Facebook with New Ruling
Posted on 04/18/2018 7:21:14 AM PDT by ptsal
If Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg thought last week was bad, this one might be worse.
Before Zuckerbergs two days of grilling by D.C. lawmakers had even faded from the headlines, the company was back in the spotlight on Monday with a federal judges ruling to allow a class action lawsuit against Facebook over a facial recognition feature.
And the damages could be in the billions.
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According to Reuters, U.S. District Judge James Donato ruled on Monday that a suit against Facebook could proceed under class action status for users in Illinois who sued the company in 2015 alleging Facebook was violating a state law by collecting biometric information.
That opens the way for individual users to sue as a group, substantially increasing the potential penalties the company might have to face.
The suit stems from the popular practice of tagging photos.
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Zuckerberg gets zinged, maybe.
Maybe next, someone can go after YouTube for their absolutely flagrant and rampant copyright violations. They allow this because they make money from slapping ads on the illicit uploads, and they won’t remove things unless the legitimate copyright holder complains. Obviously, their viewpoint is that it’s okay to steal as long as they’re not caught.
As for Facebook... shudder. I would love to see that whole thing go under and that smug little nerd end up penniless. Facebook has irreparably damaged our culture and our country and the sooner it’s out of business the better off we all are.
I have a gigantic ear-splitting Schadenfreude grin on my face today.
The judge obviously doesn’t own stock in FB.
Do leftist tech Giants need some comeuppance? Yes.
Is this the way to do it, through the courts? No.
The proper way is through competition.
> “And the damages could be in the billions.”
Needs to be in the hundreds of billions with personal liability pinned on the Chief Punk Officer himself.
Invasion of privacy, particularly in cahoots with Intelligence agencies, cannot be fixed by competition.
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Even though I am pretty lessez faire when it comes to private businesses, I really would like Facebook to back off on this facial recognition feature. Facebook is one of the reasons I have become quite antisocial. Too many people think its cute to post photos of social events. I dont post photos at all but nothing ruins my day like logging on to Facebook and having a lousy shot of me front and center on the newsfeed because I was tagged. I have gotten after family or close friends for tagging me and I wont attend events by shutterbugs. If I see a camera or smartphone being used to photograph me, I am gone. Two main reasons are I am very private and I am not photogenic.
When signing on facebook, the right to privacy was surrendered. There is no so called right to privacy on the internet except on secure applications.
read post 11....you don’t even have to be on FB and someone will post your photo.
If they’re breaking the law collecting biometric information, making it public and doing so without consent it is a legal matter. Period.
I had this argument 5+ years ago with someone about why I was on FB less than 6 months 10 years ago. I figured out their business model. If you can’t tell what a company’s product is, you’re the product.
It’s one thing to voluntarily give up your name, location, date of birth and everything you do all day and who you do it with. That’s your own stupid fault.
However just because I take a group photo at a family, work or event gathering doesn’t mean I expect to be biometrically identified by a company I gave no consent to and had my image used without my permission.
People are constantly offended when I ask if they’re going to be posting photos to Facebook or Instagram before they take them and if the answer is yes, I decline to participate.
Social media including GOOGLE and Yahoo is a scourge of the earth.
Facebook can do "facial recognition"?
so this douche runt has been busy scanning millions of user pictures?
Would be nice to have FB suspended until all issues are resolved; families begin talking to each other and they don’t care to know what little Boopkins had for b’fast and how she threw up her dinner - in the pastor’s lap.
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