Google win lawsuit against consumer group over its photo sharing and storage policies

The U.S. District ruled in favor of Google since the plaintiffs did not suffer any “concrete injuries.”

A U.S. judge threw out a lawsuit filed by consumers against Google on the grounds of lack of “concrete injuries.” A group of consumers had claimed that Google’s photo sharing and storage service violated their privacy.

U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang in Chicago dismissed the lawsuit and granted Google a motion for summary judgment, saying the court lacked “subject matter jurisdiction because plaintiffs have not suffered concrete injuries.”

The lawsuit, filed by in March 2016, alleged that Google violated Illinois state law by collecting and storing biometric data from people’s photographs using facial recognition software without their actual consent using its Google Photos service.

According to court filings, the plaintiffs had sought more than $5 million collectively for the “hundreds of thousands” of state residents who were affected. They had asked the court for $5,000 for every intentional violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, or $1,000 for every negligent violation.

Google could not be immediately reached for comment. Attorneys for the plaintiffs could also not be immediately reached for comment.

During the lawsuit, Google had argued that the plaintiffs were not entitled to injunctive relief or money since they had not suffered any harm.

The case is Rivera v Google, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, No. 16-02714.


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