Amazon, Google, Microsoft sued for allegedly using biometric data without consent: Report

Two Illinois residents have sued tech giants Amazon, Google and Microsoft for using their faces for coaching f…Read More

Two Illinois residents have sued tech giants Amazon, Google and Microsoft for using their faces for coaching facial recognition methods without consent, as per a report by Softpedia. The motion of the tech giants violates the Biometric Information Privacy Act, or BIPA, the plaintiffs declare. The plaintiffs are searching for $5,000 per violation of the regulation, in keeping with the report.
The two plaintiffs, Steven Vance and Tim Janecyk, alleged that their faces and pictures have been included within the IBM “Diversity in Faces” database, which have been used afterwards by the tech giants Amazon, Google and Microsoft for their very own purposes, says the report.
BIPA was handed in 2008 to guard the residents of Illinois in opposition to the unauthorised use of their biometric info.
“Defendant Microsoft never advised or informed Plaintiff Vance or his legal authorized representative in writing: (a) that it collected, stored and used Plaintiff Vance’s biometric identifiers and information; or (b) of the specific purpose and length of term for which Plaintiff Vance’s biometric identifiers and information were being collected, stored and used,” reads the lawsuit in opposition to Microsoft, quoted within the report.
“Defendant Microsoft violated BIPA by collecting and obtaining individuals’ biometric identifiers and information, including the biometric identifiers and information of Plaintiffs and Class Members, without providing the requisite written information and without obtaining the requisite written releases.”, the report quotes the lawsuit.
The report says that of the three, Microsoft is the one firm to have commented on the lawsuit but, saying that it’s “taking privacy seriously”.

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