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Google Escapes Suit Over Facial Recognition Software (1)

Dec. 31, 2018, 3:14 PMUpdated: Dec. 31, 2018, 5:08 PM

Alphabet Inc.'s Google has dodged a lawsuit by two users who claimed the world’s largest search engine violated their privacy by using facial recognition technology.

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois cited a lack of “concrete injuries” to the plaintiffs. The suit, initially filed in March 2016, alleged Google collected and stored biometric data from user photos, running afoul of a unique Illinois law against using a person’s image without permission.

Google’s victory comes amid public backlash against U.S. technology giants over mishandling of user data and increased scrutiny of privacy policies. Republican and Democratic lawmakers ...