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

Suit against Google's use of facial recognition on stored photos is tossed by judge
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. The filing requested that Google pay $5,000 for each intentional violation of the Privacy Act, and $1,000 for each negligent violation. Documents Google filed with the court stated that the plaintiffs suffered no harm and thus were not entitled to monetary damages or injunctive relief. U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang sided with Google, and said that the court did not have "subject matter jurisdiction because plaintiffs have not suffered concrete injuries."

Google's motion for summary judgment was granted by the judge, which in effect dismissed the suit. The Google Photos app is available in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

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7 Comments

1. QuadFace

Posts: 179; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

I want to sue Google for making me to love only Android and brainwashed me not to think of other alternatives, 2 million dollars.

2. dnomadic

Posts: 402; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

People and their dumb lawsuits. Nobody forced you to use Google. Use Apple which I believe also has a facial recognition algorithm (could be wrong)

3. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Any though they isn't cause any harm per se, the question is, is it illegal or not. If it is illegal then it dis cause them harm because they broke the law of privacy. Corps always siding with evil corporations.

4. rddubb12

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 26, 2018

just use ios its easy

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good lord, people will sue for anything these days. Such fulz.

7. Valdomero

Posts: 666; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

This isn't even close to the lady that sued Apple because she didn't knew the 2019 phones had a notch...

6. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

These people should sue Facebook because they've been doing it for years.

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