Lawsuit could proceed against Facebook
12 August 2019 11:23 GMT

Privacy NGO the Electronic Frontier Foundation has welcomed the news that a federal appeals court has ruled that a lawsuit against Facebook for its face surveillance may move forward.

In a statement, the group said the decision, by the federal Ninth Circuit about an Illinois privacy law, is the first by an American appellate court to directly identify the unique hazards of face surveillance.

"This is an important victory for biometric privacy, access to the courts for ordinary people, and the role of state governments as guardians of our digital liberty", wrote the EFF.

The group said "The Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act of 2008 (BIPA) is one of our nation’s most important privacy safeguards for ordinary people against corporations that want to harvest and monetize their personal information."