A US federal judge issued final approval to Facebook payments of $ 650 million to settle a privacy dispute between the social media giant and the 1.6 million users in Illinois.
A Facebook spokesman said in a statement to Agence France-Presse: “We are pleased that we reached a settlement so that we can overcome this matter, which is in the interest of our community and our shareholders.”
The decision was issued on Friday, according to documents seen by AFP on Sunday.
Chicago attorney Jay Edelson filed a lawsuit against Facebook in 2015, alleging that it unlawfully collected biometric data to identify faces in violation of the Illinois Privacy Act of 2008.
At the end of January 2020, Facebook agreed to pay $ 550 million US dollars after it failed to file the lawsuit – It was filed as a class action in 2018 – Kick.
But in July 2020, the judge in the case, James Donato, ruled that the amount was insufficient.
During the trial, it was found that Facebook was violating Illinois law by storing biometric data – Digital scanning of people’s faces, in support of face tagging – Without user consent.
In 2019, Facebook suggested that facial recognition be only optional.
According to Donato, the regulation is a “historical finding” and represents a “big win for consumers in the hotly contested digital privacy area.”
He commented, “It is one of the largest settlements ever for a breach of privacy,” noting that the plaintiffs will receive compensation of at least 345 USD each.