The document says that using facial recognition technology, Instagram creates "templates" to tag faces in photos.
Users have once again accused Facebook of illegally collecting biometric data through facial recognition tools to tag photos on Instagram.
The plaintiffs allege that the company "collected, stored and profited" from the data of more than 100 million Instagram users. In particular, we are talking about data related to face recognition technology.
The document says that using facial recognition technology, Instagram creates "templates" to tag faces in photos. These patterns are stored in a database by Facebook, which then uses them to improve facial recognition features in its products, including the Facebook app, and shares this information with third parties.
According to the plaintiffs, Instagram automatically uses this tool, even in cases where the people appearing in the pictures are not registered on the social network. Such actions violate the laws of the state of Illinois, and in particular the prohibition on unauthorized collection of biometrics.
If the court finds Facebook guilty, it will have to pay a fine of $1,000 to $5,000 for each violation. The incident affected more than 100 million users and the total damage could reach $500 billion, writes Business Insider.
In turn, Facebook pleaded not guilty, saying that this lawsuit is unfounded and Instagram does not use facial recognition technology.