U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang has allowed a class-action lawsuit against Google for allegedly collecting and storing users' biometric data without their consent to move forward, Bloomberg Law reports. Google contended that it gleaned the facial data in question from photographs, not in-person scans, thus absolving them from breaching the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, the report states. Chang disagreed. “A photograph is just that — a photograph, not a scan of face geometry, which is a set of biology-based measurements,” he wrote in his decision. “If Google simply captured and stored the photographs and did not measure and generate scans of face geometry, then there would be no violation of the act."
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