Incident 584: Illinois Residents File Class Action Lawsuit Against Facial Recognition Technology Companies for Allegedly Violating BIPA

Description: A class action lawsuit was filed against several facial recognition technology companies for allegedly violating the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). The defendants are accused of offering a facial recognition search engine called Pimeyes, which collects images from databases across the internet and scans them into their database seemingly without consent. This action is claimed to invade the privacy of millions of Americans. The lawsuit argues that Pimeyes lacks publicly available policies regarding data storage and deletion, in contravention of BIPA's requirements for informed written consent before collecting biometric data.


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Daniel Atherton
Illinois residents allege facial image search engine violates BIPA · 2023

EDWARDSVILLE - A class action lawsuit alleges a facial recognition search engine that searches the internet for peoples' photos invades their privacy in violation of Illinois law.

Plaintiffs Amy Newton, Amanda Curry, Manuel Clayton, Misty M…


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