Cook County man sues Facebook for invading his privacy

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CHICAGO — A man from Cook County is suing Facebook for invading his privacy.

Carlo Licata claims in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that Facebook’s facial-recognition software violates Illinois’ personal privacy protections.

Licata says Facebook collected and stored his biometric data from Facebook photos in which he was tagged, and did so without notifying him, or getting his permission, or telling him when, if ever, the information would be destroyed.

The social media giant says it did nothing illegal. Facebook allows users to change privacy settings to help prevent others from tagging photos.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Licata’s attorney, Jay Edelson, said that changing his settings wouldn’t help his client’s problem.

“If he changed the privacy setting, that wouldn’t change anything because (Facebook) had taken his data and they’re holding on to it,” Edelson said. “There’s no delete button.”

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