US Court Decision Allows Users to Sue Facebook Over Abuse of Face Recognition Technology

© REUTERS / Dado RuvicA man is silhouetted against a video screen with a Facebook logo as he poses with a smartphone in this photo illustration taken in Zenica.
A man is silhouetted against a video screen with a Facebook logo as he poses with a smartphone in this photo illustration taken in Zenica. - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - A US federal court on Thursday ruled that Facebook’s use of facial recognition technology without user consent violated privacy rights laws.

"The panel concluded that the development of a face template using facial-recognition technology without consent… invades an individual’s private affairs and concrete interests," the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said in a court document.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), one of the groups involved with the case, said the ruling will now allow Facebook users to sue the company over its use of face recognition technology.

The ruling is the first decision of a US appellate court directly addressing privacy harms posed by the face recognition technology - which is being increasingly pushed on members of the public without their knowledge and consent, the ACLU said in a statement.

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