Every time upload a photo to Facebook, the social network uses facial recognition software to scan your new picture and make it easier for you to tag your friends. A new lawsuit claims this practice is illegal and seeks to put a stop to it.
At the centre of the lawsuit lies Facebook's "tag suggestions" program which scans images uploaded by users - with facial recognition technology developed by Face.com, a company later acquired by Facebook - and then identifies any friends who may also be using the service so that they may tag them if they so wish.
The lead plaintiff in the case, Carlo Licata, lives in Illinois and believes that Facebook's collection of facial recognition data violates the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act of 2008. He believes that Facebook should be required to be more open about what it does with the data it collects and needs to provide written notifications to users before gathering biometric information like facial recognition data.
The lawsuit also raises questions about the security of Facebook's stored biometric data and what would happen if hackers got their hands on it.