A US federal judge has ruled that Facebook will have to face a class action suit over allegations of violating users’ privacy.
Judge James Donato ruled on Monday the claims by Illinois residents Nimesh Patel, Adam Pezen, and Carlo Licata were “sufficiently cohesive to allow for a fair and efficient resolution on a class basis.”
“Consequently, the case will proceed with a class consisting of Facebook users located in Illinois for whom Facebook created and stored a face template after June 7, 2011,” he said, according to AFP.
The ruling comes as Facebook is implicated in a scandal over the mishandling of over the mishandling of 87 million users’ data ahead of the 2016 US presidential election.
Most of the up to 87 million people whose data was shared with Cambridge Analytica were in the United States, Facebook Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer wrote in a blog post.