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Judge dismisses lawsuit over Google's use of facial recognition software

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit accusing Alphabet Inc.'s Google Photos of violating consumers' privacy, Reuters reported.

U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang, of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, granted a Google motion for summary judgment Dec. 29, saying the court lacked "subject matter jurisdiction because plaintiffs have not suffered concrete injuries."

The suit, filed in March 2016, alleged Google violated Illinois law by using facial recognition software to collect and store biometric data from photographs without users' permission. The plaintiffs had asked the court to award more than $5 million in damages to hundreds of thousands of state residents, Reuters said.