Since 2016, Google has been facing a legal process over Facial recognition privacy for alleging scanning and saving the biometric data of a woman. She was accidentally captured in 11 photos taken by Google photos user on Andriod. According to the Bloomberg, Google’s Lawsuit over facial recognition privacy was dismissed by a judge in Chicago that released Google from all the charges.
In the original Lawsuit, the woman sued Google for uploading her data to Google Photos and examine her face to create a template of her face without her consent. Google’s Lawsuit is one of the main three cases which involved three renowned tech companies who all have violated the US toughest biometric privacy law and it will be the first one to get dismissed.
U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang said that the Plaintiff did not suffer from concrete injuries. The Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act was introduced earlier by the US government which has remained a hurdle for tech companies working on facial recognition initiatives. Moreover, the law needs to ask the permission of people to make biometric scans of their bodies.
Illinois citizens are those who feel that their rights have been violated can file a petition against the respective company under this act. The companies include Google, Snapchat, and Facebook who all have faced lawsuit started in 2015 and 2016 for allegedly violating the Illinois law.
Back in April, a federal judge ordered that Facebook must face a class action lawsuit from the Illinois users over allegations about the technology used in facial recognition technology photos with the user permission. The feature Tag suggestions which offer users suggested persons based on their faces photos that violate the Illinois law.
Anyhow upon the dismissal of the lawsuit, Google and other tech companies faced a severe public backlash over mishandling of the user’s information and developing such policies.