Facebook data leak increases to 87 million users

Facebook data leak increases to 87 million users

Facebook is facing a class-action lawsuit in the U.S. over claims that it unlawfully applied facial recognition technology to users' images without their explicit consent. Facebook is being sued by IL users whose faces have been tagged and stored after June 2011, when the law passed.

A federal judge in California ruled Monday that a suit against the Silicon Valley giant over its facial recognition tools could proceed as a class action. It alleges Facebook is in violation of an IL state law that prohibits the collection of biometric data without written consent.

The company has been trying for years to dismiss the case and even pushed for a legislative proposal that would render the IL law harmless.

Launched in 2014, "Bumble" initially allowed Facebook-based information to speed up and simplify the process of registration and logging in of new users. "We continue to believe the case has no merit and will defend ourselves vigorously", the spokersperson said.

Following a successful test in December 2010, the function rolled out worldwide the next summer, making it easier for users to tag Facebook friends in photos.

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The technology was suspended for users in Europe in 2012 over privacy fears.

Facing global heat over the dissemination of fake news, social networking giant Facebook has partnered fact-check portal Boom for a pilot in Karnataka, which goes to polls in May.

Facebook says that it is reviewing Monday's ruling that certifies the class action.

The ruling adds to the privacy woes mounting against Facebook over recent weeks, following disclosures that the personal information of millions of users was harvested by political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica.

Testifying before the US Congress, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had said his organisation was committed to ensure integrity of elections across the world, including India. Donato wrote "an express request for a fingerprint scan is a far cry from the situation here, where plaintiffs plausibly argue that simply using Facebook or reading Facebook's user policy did not put them on notice that Facebook was collecting their biometric data".

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