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Facebook hit with class action suit over facial recognition tool

AFP  |  San Francisco 

A in ruled that will have to face a class action suit over allegations it violated users' by using a tool on their photos without their explicit consent.

The ruling comes as the is snared in a scandal over the mishandling of 87 million users' data ahead of the 2016 US

The tool, launched in 2010, suggests names for people it identifies in photos uploaded by users -- a function which the plaintiffs claim runs afoul of on protecting biometric

ruled yesterday that the claims by residents Nimesh Patel, Adam Pezen, and were "sufficiently cohesive to allow for a fair and efficient resolution on a class basis.

"Consequently, the case will proceed with a class consisting of users located in for whom created and stored a face template after June 7, 2011," he said, according to the ruling seen by AFP.

A Facebook told AFP the company was reviewing the decision, adding: "We continue to believe the case has no merit and will defend ourselves vigorously."

Facebook also contends it has been very open about the tool since its inception and allows users to turn it off and prevent themselves from being suggested in photo tags.

The technology was suspended for users in in 2012 over fears.

Also yesterday, Facebook confirmed that it collected information from people beyond their use.

"When you visit a site or app that uses our services, we receive information even if you're logged out or don't have a Facebook account," said in a post on the social network's blog.

Baser said "many" websites and apps use Facebook services to target content and ads, including via the social network's Like and Share buttons, when people use their Facebook account to log into another website or app and Facebook ads and

But he stressed the practice was widespread, with companies such as and also doing the same.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 11:40 IST