Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. Facebook has agreed to settle a $550 million lawsuit brought on behalf of millions of Illinois users who claim the social network's automated tagging feature powered by facial recognition technology violates their biometric privacy rights. The lawsuit -- one of more than 400 filed against tech companies big and small in the past five years -- alleged that Facebook broke Illinois' strict biometric privacy law that allowed people to sue companies that failed to get consent before harvesting consumers' data. Privacy advocates hailed the law as the nation's strongest form of protection in the commercial use of such data, and it has survived ongoing efforts by the tech industry and other businesses to weaken it.
A federal judge has approved a $650m settlement of a privacy lawsuit against Facebook for allegedly using photo face-tagging and other biometric data without the permission of its users. US district judge James Donato approved the deal in a class-action lawsuit that was filed in Illinois in 2015. Nearly 1.6 million Facebook users in Illinois who submitted claims will be affected. Donato called it one of the largest settlements ever for a privacy violation. "It will put at least $345 into the hands of every class member interested in being compensated," he wrote, calling it "a major win for consumers in the hotly contested area of digital privacy."
Facebook allegedly violated Illinois state law by using consumers' facial features to improve its photo-tagging software. Nearly one and a half million Illinois residents have filed claims to part of a $650 million privacy settlement offered by Facebook. According to NBC Chicago, the law firm responsible for the social media lawsuit said that 1.42 million Illinois residents have already filed claims. Eligible claimants could receive awards ranging between $200 and $400. The lawsuit, says NBC, alleged that Facebook broke Illinois' "strict biometric privacy law."
A $650 million settlement to close a class-action lawsuit alleging that Facebook violated user privacy has been approved. The case, a class-action lawsuit filed against the social media giant six years ago, alleged that Facebook violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), which prevents companies from gathering or using biometric information from users without consent. The lawsuit claimed that the Facebook Tag Suggestions feature, which used facial markers to suggest people in image tagging, violated BIPA by scanning, storing, and using user biometrics to create "face templates" without written permission. On Friday, in California, US District Judge James Donato approved the $650 million settlement, an increase of $100 million from Facebook's proposed $550 million in January 2020. The ruling has been described as a "landmark result."
A federal judge has approved the $650 million settlement for Facebook to pay users in Illinois whose images from photo face-tagging and other biometric data were used by the company without their permission. The settlement in the class-action lawsuit was approved by U.S. District Judge James Donato on Friday, AP News reports. The settlement is expected to be distributed to around 1.6 million Facebook users who submitted claims. A total of about 6.9 million Facebook users in Illinois were affected by the privacy violation, the Chicago Tribune reports. However, only 22% of those eligible filed claim forms before the Nov. 23 deadline.