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Facebook Biometric Privacy Class Action Trial Postponed (1)

May 30, 2018, 3:57 PMUpdated: May 30, 2018, 8:45 PM

Facebook convinced the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to delay trial in a class action alleging its photo-scanning technology violated an Illinois law by gathering and storing biometric data without users’ consent.

The trial was set to start July 9, but the appeals court put it on hold May 29 until the court decides whether the case was properly certified to proceed as a class.

The suit could expose Facebook Inc. to billions in liability. The law allows damages of $1,000 to $5,000 each time someone’s image is used without consent—and the class could include upwards of...

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