Facebook pays $ 650 million after the US privacy violation case

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Granted a US federal judge Final approval to pay 650 million dollars via Facebook To resolve the privacy dispute between the social media giant and 1.6 million Illinois users.

And the decision was issued, on Friday, according to documents I obtained France Press agency. Chicago attorney Jay Edelson filed a lawsuit on Facebook in 2015, alleging that The social network illegally collected biometric data to identify faces, Violates the Illinois Privacy Act 2008.

At the end of January 2020, Facebook agreed to pay $ 550 million was denied after he failed to file a class action lawsuit in 2018.

But in July 2020, the judge in the case, James Donato, decided the amount was insufficient.

During the trial, this was proven Facebook was violating Illinois law by storing biometric data – Digital scanning of people’s faces with the face detection function – without users’ consent.

In 2019, Facebook suggested that facial recognition be only optional. As for Donato, The judgment is’ critical ‘and’ represents a big win for consumers In the controversial field of digital privacy. “

“It is one of the largest settlements ever for a breach of privacy,” he said, noting that the plaintiffs would receive compensation of at least $ 345 each.

Facebook was not immediately available to comment on the decision.


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