Facebook out of court settlement
The US multinational Facebook announced Wednesday that it has reached an out-of-court settlement with a group of Illinois (US) plaintiffs that will pay them $ 550 million for using their biometric data without permission for facial recognition systems.
Right after presenting its financial results for 2019, the company that directs Mark Zuckerberg informed of the pact , which ends a judicial dispute of almost five years and must now be presented by the parties before the judge and approved by it.
Facebook Biometric Data
The class action lawsuit was filed in 2015 jointly by three law cabinets based on Illinois state law, according to which companies cannot compile user biometric data (such as fingerprints, voice, voice). facial expression, etc.) without your express consent.
Facebook would have skipped the law by using the photographs that Internet users posted on the social network to teach artificial intelligence systems that were later able to identify specific people in new images and suggest the user with the person’s name tag.
Although the company based in Menlo Park (California, USA) continues to offer this automatic labeling system, since 2015 it has changed its operation to make it easier for Internet users to deactivate it and thus avoid new collective demands such as Illinois.
Apart from the out-of-court settlement, Facebook once again disavowed those who have been predicting a possible loss of users on its platform on Wednesday and reported that it closed 2019 with 9% more Internet users, although the large fines by regulators weighed their financial results.
The most used social network in the world closed its fiscal year 2019 with benefits of 18,485 million dollars , which meant a decrease of 16% over the previous year, despite entering in the same period an additional 27% to 70,697 million Dollars.
The main responsible for this mismatch between benefits and billing are a substantial increase in expenses – derived from the sanctions – and an increase in tax provisions.