back to article Facebook faces class-action sueball over facial recognition pic-tagging tech to tune of $35bn

Facebook will face a class-action lawsuit with a payout potential of $35bn over how its photo tagging and facial recognition software works. A US appeal court ruled yesterday that the antisocial network's attempts to bat away the sueball should fall accordingly, opening up Mark Zuckerberg's company to potentially billions of …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Nowhere near enough

    Need to add several zero's to that amount.

    FB are trying hard to become the real Big Brother and rule the world.

    Zuck, it was a work of fiction and not a workshop manual.

    1. Joe W Silver badge

      Re: Nowhere near enough

      We now need somebody to get the ball rolling in the EU over that issue...

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Nowhere near enough

        I live in europe there are tons of embarassing pics of me tagged in arsebook: I claim my 5000€

        AC so you dont go searching! :)

        1. Adrian 4 Silver badge

          Re: Nowhere near enough

          "7 million Facebook users could be in line for a payout of between $1,000 and $5,000 each"

          Why only Facebook users ? Don't they attempt to tag non-users too ?

    2. big_D Silver badge
      Black Helicopters

      Re: Nowhere near enough

      Don't you think the name gives it away? Facebook Inc, FB Inc... FBI. Its just a cover.

      1. Bongwater

        Re: Nowhere near enough

        I think you are mistaking them for Flowers By Irene.

  2. macjules Silver badge

    Could not happen to a nicer company

    I shall send flowers.

    Oh wait. No I won't.

    1. Haku

      Re: Could not happen to a nicer company

      Oh I don't know, if/when the time comes, sending them a floral arrangement that spells out "HA-HA" in Comic Sans for their grave would be appropriate.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    You'll know how really worried Zuck and others are at Facebook by watching the reports of future insider trading. Zuck starts dumping; the company's gonna probably take a thumping.

  4. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    I'm sure The Zuck will have his lawyers fight this tooth and nail

    I just hope the courts will stay the course and nail his company to the wall.

    The drop in share price alone will be a pleasure to see.

  5. don't you hate it when you lose your account

    My current project

    Is designing Moral Recognition Software. Think there's definitely a market. The only shame is as I have morals I have to make it opt in

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    $35bn

    of which about $35m goes to the "victims". As to the rest...

    1. Wellyboot Silver badge

      Re: $35bn

      If the fine goes to the state does everyone get a tax refund at the end of the year?

  7. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

    Every year...

    "Every year, said Wessler, technology companies and their trade groups try to roll back BIPA,"

    And every year, the "people" bit of "government of the people, by the people, for the people" have to tell them to fuck off, the "people" have spoken. Again. And again. And yet again.

    1. nematoad Silver badge

      Re: Every year...

      Yes, but they only have to win once.

      1. Charles 9 Silver badge

        Re: Every year...

        No, because the other side can always win it BACK. And unlike The People, they lack scruples.

  8. LDS Silver badge

    Meanwhile Microsoft in Win10 1903 tries to sneak in face recognition...

    When I upgraded one machine after boot appeared a long list of privacy settings where total slurping ones were all enabled by default. One option was face recognition in the Photos app, asserting that if the customers accepted it, they declared they had all the required permissions for the images and the people within - something probably no one really has (but photographers in a studio, or a fully controlled sets), a lame attempt to avoid litigations, IMHO, as the option is on by default. Let's wait for someone objecting to it in a court...

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Meanwhile Microsoft in Win10 1903 tries to sneak in face recognition...

      MS and Courts?

      MS almost never loses which is why people don't sue them as often as other companies. Hint, what OS do the court systems use?

  9. flayman

    How do you injure a right?

    "Because a violation of the Illinois statute injures an individual's right to privacy, we reject Facebook's claim..."

    What? As far as I know a right can be infringed without implying injury. Probably a purely technical point, but from a court of law the language is a bit unnerving. I suppose it means that the collection of the biometric data without consent is injurious in and of itself. Don't get me wrong, I hate that company.

    1. Smooth Newt
      Meh

      Re: How do you injure a right?

      > What? As far as I know a right can be infringed without implying injury.

      "Because a violation of the Illinois statute injures an individual's right to privacy, we reject Facebook's claim..."

      In the sense it is being used, injured means exactly the same thing as infringed. If lawyers used words in the same way as everyone else, legal proceedings would be far clearer and so they wouldn't be able to charge so much. So they don't.

      1. CrazyOldCatMan Silver badge

        Re: How do you injure a right?

        If lawyers used words in the same way as everyone else

        They do - except the "everybody else" bit was as of ~200 years ago..

  10. BuckeyeB

    Maybe we can keep Facebook so busy for the next 2 years trying to defend this lawsuit(and then losing) that they'll not interfere with the next Presidential election.

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