Judge Sides Against Apple In 'Faceprint' Battle

Judge Sides Against Apple In 'Faceprint' Battle
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Siding against Apple, a federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that the company's Photos app violates an Illinois biometric privacy law that restricts companies from collecting “faceprints.”

The ruling stems from a class-action complaint brought in March by Roslyn Hazlitt and several other Illinois residents who alleged that Apple was violating the Illinois Biometric Privacy Information Act.

That law requires companies to obtain consumers' written consent before collecting or storing certain biometric data -- including scans of facial geometry -- and provides for damages of up to $5,000 per violation.

Hazlitt and the others alleged that since 2016, Apple devices -- including some iPhones, iPads and Macs -- have collected biometric data through the Photos App, which incorporates facial recognition technology.
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