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Amazon Loses Bid to Face Biometrics Claims in Washington State

March 31, 2022, 6:44 PM

Amazon.com Inc. must face a proposed class action in Illinois, after a federal judge refused to rule that the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act case should be dismissed because Washington law governs.

Angela Hogan sued Amazon in June 2021 alleging the e-commerce company violated BIPA by applying image recognition technology to photos people upload to their Amazon photos account without their consent. Hogan says this includes people who aren’t Prime subscribers who use the service but whose images are nevertheless stored in Amazon Photos, like her minor son.

Hogan also alleged that Amazon failed to establish a public retention schedule ...