NYPD faces lawsuit for not revealing info about facial recognition program

Georgetown University’s Center on Privacy and Technology (CPT) is suing the NYPD for allegedly failing to reveal information about its covert facial recognition program, according to a report by Engadget. In its lawsuit, CPT alleges that the police department hasn’t complied with New York state’s Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) by disclosing information about the system, which the NYPD began using for criminal investigations in 2011. When various groups sent FOIL requests for training manuals and documentation, the NYPD said

Google requests appeal of decision in biometric privacy lawsuit

Google has requested permission from U.S. District Court Judge Edmond Chang to immediately appeal his decision to allow a class-action lawsuit accusing Google of violating the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), to proceed, according to a report by Media Post. On February 27, Chang issued a ruling that allowed Illinois residents Lindabeth Rivera and Joseph Weiss to proceed with their lawsuit against Google for using facial recognition to create face templates from photographs. Rivera initially filed a lawsuit against

Court dismisses lawsuit regarding facial biometrics data collection

A New York federal judge rejected a proposed class action lawsuit against Take-Two Interactive Software that asserted that the video game developer was collecting facial biometric data from users, according to a report by The Hollywood Reporter. The lawsuit involved the company’s “MyPlayer” avatar feature of its NBA 2K15 and NBA 2K16 games which allow users to create personalized digital avatars through face-scanning technology. The feature uses cameras connected to PS4 and Xbox game systems to scan the user’s face

First settlement reached under Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act

Last week, a judge in Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago issued final approval for a $1.5 million settlement between L.A. Tan Enterprises Inc. and a class of the franchise’s customers who claim it failed to properly handle their biometric information, according to a report by Bloomberg Law. It is the first settlement reached under Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act, which requires companies to gain consent before collecting a person’s biometric data. According to reports, the L.A. Tan franchise used

EPIC files FOIA lawsuit against FBI over biometric database system

Privacy group Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed a lawsuit against the FBI, earlier this month, to force the agency to release all documents related to its plan to provide the Department of Defense with access to biometric information, according to a report by On the Wire. The biometric data — which includes fingerprints, iris images, and facial photos — is stored on the FBI’s Next Generation Identification system, which the agency has been using for a few years. “With

Facebook request to dismiss privacy lawsuit rejected

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, a federal judge has rejected Facebook’s request to dismiss a potential class-action privacy lawsuit over the company’s facial recognition technology. The case alleges violations of the Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act. The Illinois statute requires companies that gather biometric data to notify people about the practice before collecting data, and to publish a schedule for destroying the information. In August, a judge transferred the case to federal court in San Francisco

Shutterfly settles facial recognition lawsuit

According to a report by the Chicago Tribune, a lawsuit brought by an Illinois man who accused Shutterfly of violating his privacy by using facial recognition software to identify his face has been settled. Earlier this year, a federal judge in Illinois allowed the lawsuit against Shutterfly to proceed despite the company’s claims that its tagging software does not break the state’s privacy law, the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). Shutterfly had argued that the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy

Facebook fights discovery bid in facial recognition lawsuit

Last week, Facebook urged a California federal judge to deny a request to conduct more discovery in a suit that alleges the company’s facial recognition and tagging features violate the Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act, according to a report in Law360. The Illinois statute requires companies that gather biometric data to notify people about the practice before collecting data, and to publish a schedule for destroying the information. The discovery bid, according to court documents, seeks documents regarding source code

Judge rules Facebook can’t be sued in Illinois for ‘faceprint’ database

A federal judge in Illinois has dismissed a lawsuit challenging Facebook’s use of facial recognition software, according to a report in MediaPost. U.S. District Court Judge Jorge Alonso ruled that Facebook can’t be sued in Illinois for its “faceprint” database because the company doesn’t have enough connections with the state. In a ruling issued last Thursday, Alonso commented, “Because plaintiff does not allege that Facebook targets its alleged biometric collection activities at Illinois residents, the fact that its site is

Shutterfly facial recognition lawsuit goes forward

A federal judge in Illinois is allowing a lawsuit against Shutterfly Inc. to proceed despite the company’s claims that its tagging software does not break state privacy law, according to a report in the International Business Times. This is the first time any court has interpreted an Illinois statute that prohibits companies from collecting and storing biometric data without first obtaining informed written consent. Illinois state lawmakers passed the Biometric Information Privacy Act, or BIPA, in 2008. Shutterfly argued that