The ruling adds to the privacy woes mounting against Facebook over recent weeks, following disclosures that the personal information of millions of users was harvested by political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica.More news: Inside Gwyneth Paltrow's Engagement Party
The company adds that the data it collects isn't covered by IL law, which explicitly prevents the collection of biometric data such as facial geometry, fingerprints and "voice prints". The complaint focuses on changes to Facebook's policy which went into effect in early 2018, namely the ability to scan user photos for biometric facial matches without consent. The lawsuit says this breaches IL state law.
The lawsuit, which was first filed in 2015, says Facebook broke the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act of 2008, which says a company must obtain written permission before scanning and storing one's biometrics, including the type of face-scanning technology Facebook uses to tag users in photos.
"Facebook should suspend further deployment of facial recognition pending the outcome of the FTC investigation", EPIC President Marc Rotenberg said. It is now unavailable in the United Kingdom, but has been a feature in the USA since 2011.More news: Facebook has spent $20M on Zuckerberg's security since 2015
In a successful class action suit, any person in that group could be entitled to compensation.
Facebook's motion to dismiss the lawsuit was rejected in May 2016.
Most of this isn't new information, but it's part of Facebook's initiative to be more transparent with the government and its users about how the data it collects is shared. This argument hinges on an IL law called the Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), which states a private entity can't store an individual's biometric information without written consent, nor profit from the data.More news: Critically endangered western lowland gorilla born in Smithsonian zoo