A lawsuit was filed against Google by consumers who said that Google’s photo sharing and storage service went against privacy was dismissed on Saturday by a U.S. judge on the basis of lack of “concrete injuries.”
In the original suit, a woman filed a lawsuit against Google for allegedly uploading her data to Google Photos and scanning it to create a template of her face without her consent.
U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang in Chicago gave the decision in the favor of Google, saying that the court lacked “subject matter jurisdiction because plaintiffs have not suffered concrete injuries.”
The Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act has been a very big hurdle tech companies who are working on the technology of facial recognition.
This law compels the tech companies to get people’s explicit permission if they want to make biometric scans of their bodies.
People living in Illinois who feel that if their privacy has been violated can sue the companies under this act. Big companies such as Google, Snapchat, and Facebook all faced lawsuits initiated in 2015 and 2016 for allegedly violating the Illinois law.
Google had argued in court documents that the plaintiffs were not entitled to money or injunctive relief because they had suffered no harm.