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 training f…Read MoreTwo Illinois residents have sued tech giants Amazon, Google and Microsoft for using their faces for training facial recognition systems without consent, as per a report by Softpedia. The action of the tech giants violates the Biometric Information Privacy Act, or BIPA, the plaintiffs claim. The plaintiffs are seeking $5,000 per violation of the law, according to the report. The two plaintiffs, Steven Vance and Tim Janecyk, alleged that their faces and photos were included in the IBM “Diversity in Faces” database, which were used afterwards by the tech giants Amazon, Google and Microsoft for their own applications, says the report. BIPA was passed in 2008 to protect the residents of Illinois against the unauthorised use of their biometric information. “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 against Microsoft, quoted in 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 only company to have commented on the lawsuit yet, saying that it is “taking privacy seriously”.