Facebook class action lawsuit

Illinois’s Personal Biometric Information Protection Act (BIPA) came out on the 14th. About 1.6 million people participated in this class action, and the total amount of damage compensation is $650 million. Excluding court administration fees and lawyer fees, it is $338 per person.

The part that violated the Biometric Information Protection Act was the feature of Facebook’s automatic user face recognition tag proposal, which has been in operation since 2010. Facebook has disclosed information related to the function and clarified that the function could be turned off if the user wanted, but the court violated it because Facebook did not accurately inform users of the purpose of use and storage organization in advance of obtaining personal information or did not obtain consent. Insisted.

BIPA (Biometric Information Privacy Act) is a protection law created in Illinois in 2008. When companies collect biometric information such as facial maps, fingerprints, and irises, consumers must be notified of the purpose of use and storage period, and consent must be sought in advance. . Texas and Washington, including Illinois, have legal protections for the use of personal biometric information, such as BIPA, but only Illinois can sue individuals.