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Facebook faces Class Action suit over facial recognition on photos

Whoa! We nearly went a full day without some negative news on Facebook breaking. As it turns out, in San Francisco federal court today, U.S. District Judge James Donato certified a class action suit against Facebook. This allows for the consolidation of several suits against the company, all with the same allegations, down to one. In this case, the plaintiffs are claiming that the social network illegally used a facial recognition system on photos without users’ permission.

Facebook is creating and storing “face templates” based on facial characteristics found in photos. It has been doing …

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