On Thursday, the 8th of August 2019, A Federal Appeal Court of San Francisco, had rejected social networking goliath, Facebook Inc.’s appeal to reverse a class action lawsuit charging Facebook Inc. with illegal collection and storage of biometric data of millions of its users without consent.
On top of that, latest verdict from the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, which decided 3 to 0 against Facebook’s appeal regarding its much-disputed facial recognition technology would likely to expose the world’s number one internet service provider to billions of dollars in claims and liabilities on potential privacy breach.
Aside from that, latest class action lawsuit came into light with a stack of criticism from lawmakers and regulators all over the world after the social networking giant had paid off $5 billion to settle a Federal Trade Commission data privacy probe, remarking the largest civil penalty in the US history ever.
Besides, followed by the reveal of court verdict that pushed Facebook Inc. in front of a potential class action lawsuit, addressing to the scale of significance of storing user’s biometric data that Facebook used in its facial recognition toolkit, a lawyer for the Illinois-based Facebook user who brought in the class action lawsuit, Shawn Williams said, “This biometric data is so sensitive that if it is compromised, there is simply no recourse.
It’s not like a Social Security card or credit card number where you can change the number. You can’t change your face”. In response, adding that the company would appeal against the verdict, a Facebook spokesman said in an e-mailed statement shortly after comments of the plaintiff’s lawyer, “We have always disclosed our use of face recognition technology and that people can turn it on or off at any time. ”