Facebook has been trying to get this lawsuit dismissed. Yesterday they received the bad news – they could lose billions of dollars in a class action suit because of an Illinois state law.
A U.S. federal judge ruled on Monday that Facebook Inc must face a class action lawsuit alleging that the social network unlawfully used a facial recognition process on photos without user permission.
Facebook users sued in 2015, alleging violations of an Illinois state law about the privacy of biometric information.
The class will consist of Facebook users in Illinois for whom Facebook created and stored facial recognition algorithms after June 7, 2011, Donato ruled. That is the date when Facebook launched “Tag Suggestions,” a feature that suggests people to tag after a Facebook user uploads a photo.
In the U.S. court system, certification of a class is typically a major hurdle that plaintiffs in proposed class actions need to overcome before reaching a possible settlement or trial.