A record punishment for the giant.
Facebook is under constant fire from many different institutions, often sending very serious allegations to Marek Zuckerberg’s website. A popular brand has just lost one of the lawsuits in the San Francisco court. Indictment? Serious – the illegal collection of user data using face recognition. Penalty? Up to $ 35 billion!
A court rejecting Facebook’s appeal agreed with Illinois class action participants. They believed that the website’s policy violates state regulations and their privacy. A lawyer representing victims has rightly pointed out that biometrics are the only data that cannot be changed if made public. Attorney Shawn Williams pointed out that if such data leaked, his clients could be put in a very difficult situation.
Facebook quite reasonably defended that the users of the social networking site themselves consent to the use of face recognition technology. Each of them could turn off the controversial function at any time.
Where did the considerable amount of potential 35 billion punishment come from? Well, under Illinois law, a company that violates biometric laws pays a $ 1,000 fine for each case. If he does it intentionally – the penalty is up to 5000 dollars. Of course, Facebook was deliberate, so the higher amount should be multiplied by 7 million – that’s the estimated number of Mark Zuckerberg users residing in this state.