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The american multinational Facebook announced on Wednesday that it has reached an out of court settlement with a group of plaintiffs from Illinois (USA), for which I will pay 550 million dollars because they have used their biometric data without permission for facial recognition systems.
Right after submitting their financial results corresponding to 2019, the company that manages Mark Zuckerberg reported the pact, which puts an end to a judicial dispute of nearly five years and now must be presented by the parties before the court and approved by this.
The class action lawsuit was filed in 2015 jointly by the three cabinets of lawyers based on the state law of Illinois, in accordance with which the companies can not compile biometric data of the users (such as fingerprints, voice, facial expression, etc) without your express consent.
Facebook would have skipped the law when you use the photos that the netizens were hung in the social network to teach systems of artificial intelligence, who subsequently were able to identify specific persons in new images and suggest to the user the label with the name of the person.
Although the company is headquartered in Menlo Park (California, USA) continues to offer this system auto-tagging, from 2015 has changed its operation to make it easier for internet users to turn it off and avoid new lawsuits as the Illinois.
The margin of the settlement agreement, Facebook turned to disavow this Wednesday to those who take time wishing a potential loss of users on their platform and reported that it closed 2019 with a further 9% of internet users, though the heavy fines by regulators burdened the financial results.
The social network most used in the world closed its fiscal year 2019 with a profit of 18.485 billion dollars, which represents a decrease of 16% compared with the previous year, despite entering in the same period is 27% more to the 70.697 millions of dollars.
The main responsible for this mismatch between benefits and billing are a substantial increase in the expenses -derived from the penalties – and an increase in tax provisions.
January 31, 2020
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