Google will not need to respond a suit against the use of facial recognition on Google Photos anymore


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On Saturday, a U.S. District Judge in Chicago tossed a new lawsuit against Google. The suit was originally filed in March 2016 and finally gained traction during the last weekend. According to Reuters, the suit claims that Google violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act by using facial recognition software to collect and store biometric data from pictures stored in the Google Photos database without any kind permission.

A total amount of $5 million is being requested to cover the “hundreds of thousands” of Illinois residents that have been affected by Google’s violation. The document also requests that search company pay $5,000 for each intentional attempt of violating the Privacy Act. Google answered the court by stating that the plaintiffs suffered no harm and for that reason, there’s no reason for monetary damages.

The U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang sided with the search giant, and said that the court did not have “subject matter jurisdiction because plaintiffs have not suffered concrete injuries.” Google’s request for summary judgment was granted by the judge, which dismissed the suit.

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