$650 Million Class-Action Lawsuit Against Facebook Settled

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A federal judge approved a $650 million settlement of a class-action privacy lawsuit against Facebook.

The lawsuit was filed in 2015 in Cook County Circuit Court and claimed that Facebook used its facial recognition technology without user consent. The use of facial recognition technology without consent violates Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act.

One report stated that Facebook used its facial recognition technology to scan photos posted by users and stored faces digitally. The class-action lawsuit is comprised of 1.6 million individuals. Judge James Donato of the Northern District of California ordered that everyone involved in the lawsuit be paid “as expeditiously as possible.”

The three named plaintiffs in the lawsuit will receive $5,000 and the others will receive $345 each.

In a statement, Facebook said, “We are pleased to have reached a settlement so we can move past this matter, which is in the best interest of our community and our shareholders.”

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