In March 2016, a lawsuit had been filed against Google on the charges of violating Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act by collecting biometric data from photos. The plaintiffs were unable to present any data supporting the fact that they had suffered “concrete injuries”.

The facial recognition system in Google is mostly used to identify familiar people and can tag names with faces only if labelled by the person on their own. A woman had accused Google of uploading her data to Google Photos and scanning her face to make a template of it without her consent.

The Biometric Information Privacy Act requires permissions to collect explicit consent in order to create biometric scans of their bodies. Similar lawsuits have been slammed on Facebook and Snapchat but Google was the first to win a lawsuit over this act.


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