Facebook argues against class action certification in BIPA lawsuits

Facebook has told a federal judge in California that plaintiffs attempting to certify a pair of related class action suits against the company have failed to show common harm, and that the certification attempts are last-ditch efforts to save their claims, Law360 reports. The claim was made by Facebook in response to a motion filed last month by users and non-user Frederick Gullen to certify their suits under Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) as class actions. Facebook argues that

Facebook acquires mobile ID authentication startup Confirm.io

Facebook has acquired mobile ID authentication startup Confirm.io, which could help the social media company restore access to users locked out of their accounts, TechCrunch reports. Confirm.io had raised $4 million in a seed funding round led by Cava Capital in 2015 to develop technology for mobile biometrics and capturing data from ID cards. After establishing the identity associated with enrolled biometrics, Confirm.io would delete the personal information, according to TechCrunch. The company will close down as its team and

Judge takes issue with Facebook motion to dismiss Illinois privacy lawsuit

Facebook’s bid to have a lawsuit filed against it under Illinois’ biometric privacy law thrown out seems unlikely to succeed after the district court judge took issue with the company’s claim that consumers were unharmed by its practices, Bloomberg reports. A lawyer for Facebook argued Thursday in San Francisco that the plaintiffs have not shown they were harmed, and therefore the case should not proceed, while a lawyer for the plaintiffs countered that the collection of biometric data without consent

Facebook files patent for facial recognition for physical payments

A patent application filed by Facebook and published Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) indicates the company’s intention to move into the retail payments market. The filing describes a method of using facial recognition as a secure and convenient method for physical retailers to authenticate customers’ identities. Patent inventor Stephen Moore Davis addressed the limitations of existing payment methods in the filing, including the requirements for devices using NFC for payments to first be unlocked with a

Facebook testing facial recognition system for account recovery

Facebook is currently testing a facial recognition system exclusively as a mechanism for recovering a locked account, according to a report by PC Mag. Matt Navarra, director of social media for TheNextWeb conference, posted the tweet: “NEW! Facebook working on a facial recognition feature to help secure your account”, along with the facial recognition check Facebook uses for identification. Navarra also mentions in the tweet that he received the details from social media researcher Devesh Logendran. Facebook has since released

Biometrics industry stocks this week

As the biometrics industry continues to grow Biometric Update is bringing a new focus to the stories around the stocks in the sector. Check in with this space each week for a rundown of the financial news and interesting ideas from the week that was. -Technology stocks have been the big story in North American markets this year. The so-called FANG stocks (Facebook, Applie, Netflix and Google) have gained solidly over the year. But the tech shares that have really

Facebook lobbying against facial recognition laws

Facebook has intensified its state lobbying in the wake of an ongoing lawsuit filed in Illinois, but is doing so by engaging industry groups like the Internet Association and CompTIA to deal directly with lawmakers, according to a report from the Center for Public Integrity published by the Daily Beast. A lawsuit initially filed by Illinois resident Carlo Licata in 2015 alleges that Facebook violated the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), which requires consent for biometric data collection, with

Facebook facial recognition lawsuit put on hold

Facebook Inc.’s attempts to evade legal action alleging it illegally collected biometric data using facial recognition software have been temporarily halted until the The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit makes its ruling in Spokeo, according to a report by Law 360. Facebook had requested the California federal court to dismiss a class action suit brought by Illinois users alleging that the company’s facial recognition and tagging features violate Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act, as well as

Facebook says Illinois biometrics privacy law violates constitution

Facebook Inc. says an Illinois biometrics law that prevents interstate-sharing of facial recognition data violates the U.S. Constitution ( In re Facebook Biometric Info. Privacy Litig. , N.D. Cal., No. 15-cv-03747, answer, 11/11/16 ), according to a report by Bloomberg BNA. Aside from Illinois, Texas and Connecticut are the only other states that have biometrics laws. Despite this, several consumer-facing companies are trying to monetize or store and analyze biometric data. In August, three class actions against Facebook over allegations

Facebook picks up facial recognition startup FacioMetrics

Facebook has acquired facial recognition startup FacioMetrics for an undisclosed amount. Using facial image analysis to determine emotions, FacioMetrics is aimed at a range of sectors including gaming, healthcare, augmented reality, and robotics. FacioMetrics founder and CEO Fernando De la Torre said the company’s facial image analysis technology offers several applications including augmented/virtual reality, animation, and audience reaction measurement. According to a report by ZDNet, the technology was born out of Carnegie Mellon University regarding computer vision and machine learning