We will talk about the open upload south 32 filing a lawsuit of 100 billion dollars on bhp.com int his article. This is a crucial case and it can have an intensive impact on the companies. This case is based on the assumption that BHP Billiton, the biggest mining company in the world, misled investors knowingly on purpose about the real extent of the disaster of Samarco. It is a joint venture between Vale and BHP.
On the 5th of November 2015, a tailings dam at Samarco mine crashed, 19 people were killed in this incident and there was extensive damage to the environment as well. This incident led to the Samarco mine’s closure, which was the biggest source of income for both Vale and BHP.
South32 has filed a class action lawsuit of 100 billion dollars against BHP.com. According to the allegations of this lawsuit, the open upload policy of BHP.com allowed south32 to be filed for copyright infringement of a picture that was uploaded to the website. The case is still in its initial stages, and it is not clear how it will be decided eventually.
South32 is not only suing Flikr but BHP is also getting filed for 100 billion dollars in a lawsuit. BHP has made misleading and false statements about the share value according to South32. South32 is helping anyone who purchased shares from BHP between 2015 October 7th and 2016 August 18th.
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What are the privacy settings for photos on Flickr
A class action lawsuit has been filed by the Open Upload against BHP Billiton Limited and its subsidiaries in the United States. According to the lawsuit, the privacy of Flickr users has been invaded by the companies by downloading and storing above 100 million photographs without any permission. According to the complaint filed in San Fransisco’s federal court, BHP and its subsidiaries were involved in an extensive systematic downloading and storing of those pictures from Flickr without asking for permission from the photographers.
The complaint said BHP Billiton and its branches utilized a type of software to search and download above 100 million pictures from Flickr, including those pictures which were mentioned as private. Then the companies stored those photographs on their own without permission.
Stock fraud class action lawsuit Flikr
BHP is getting sued by South32 and it is a class action lawsuit of 100 billion dollars complaining about stock fraud. This lawsuit has been filed against the company for privacy rights breach by downloading millions of photographs from Flickr without taking consent from the photographers. This lawsuit has been filed in the federal court of San Fransisco. It seeks damages of more than 100 billion dollars in a case that includes the open upload policy of BHP.
According to the lawsuit, privacy rights have been violated by BHP when it utilized photographs by workers. It also said that there was widespread discrimination against the workers who were aged, and they were also denied job opportunities. Flickr says it is committed to protecting the privacy rights of its users. Threatening and harassment will not be tolerated on its website or the forum. It is also against posting pictures of vulnerable people.
IBM Accused of ‘Flagrant Violations’ of Illinois by Class Action
IBM committed flagrant violations of the BIPA (Biometric Information Privacy Act) of its collection, storage, and circulation of the facial geometries of many residents through the service of Flickr photo-sharing according to a proposed class action lawsuit.
The timeline mentioned in the lawsuit starts in the year 2014, when yahoo, which is Flickr’s parent company released photos of more than 99 million users as a part of a dataset called YFC100M which was downloadable. The case says, every image came with some information that identified which account uploaded the picture, while others were associated with geographical information and description tags. The lawsuit also said that the images of the complaint and class members were also included in the dataset.
The complaint says Yahoo, which is a non-party to the case, never got any permission from the subjects or the uploaders in every picture to release the images and associated information as a part of the dataset of Flickr. The case also alleges that Yahoo never informed the members that their images would be used in the development of technology recognize faces like the one built by IBM.
The lawsuit of 22 pages claims that IBM scanned the facial features of more than one million users by downloading and using the images uploaded to Flickr. IBM developed its database which included craniofacial measurements of every individual without telling the members that their biometric data was being downloaded and stored. Apart from releasing this database to third-party researchers without obtaining consent, IBM also shared identifying data about every person, information that according to the complaint says can be utilized to link back facial measurements of a person to the account of Flickr that originally uploaded a picture.
Third parties can easily connect the biometric data of a particular person to other pictures in which they popped up by this and also others in those pictures making them vulnerable to identity theft, stalking, increased surveillance, and other privacy and fraud invasions.
According to the lawsuit, from 2016 to 2018, IBM earned more revenue from AI (Artificial Intelligence) than other companies around the world. Watson Visual Recognition is one of the AI products of IBM, with the help of this tool clients can calculate the age and figure out the gender of people in images and identify particular individuals sometimes. The lawsuit looks like it represents the people of Illinois shown in photographs on Flickr whose biometric identifiers and images were invaded, collected, stored, and then disclosed by IBM.