The New York Times reports thousands of Illinois residents may have had their photos uploaded to facial-recognition database MegaFace without their permission. “Photos themselves are not covered by the Biometric Information Privacy Act, but the scan of the photos should be. The mere use of biometric data is a violation of the statute,” University of Illinois Law Professor Faye Jones said. The photos were pulled from Flickr, many of which were uploaded more than 10 years ago and set to noncommercial so the photos could not be repurposed. Meanwhile, an Illinois food truck owner is taking her privacy case to the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing a Chicago law requiring food trucks to install GPS-tracking devices violates privacy protections. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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