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A 2015 lawsuit brought by Facebook users over the company’s alleged unauthorized collection of their facial features and other facial biometric data pursuant to the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”) is slowly moving through the courts.

Authors: Jason W. Gordon

The BIPA requires written notice and consent for the collection of biometric identifiers or biometric information of Illinois citizens. According to the complaint, filed August 17, 2015 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, Facebook through its Tag Suggestions technology automatically extracted biometric identifiers from their uploaded photographs and previously tagged pictures and stored these biometric identifiers in a database without the consent of the users.

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