Judge Approves Historic $650M Facebook Privacy Settlement
More than 1.5 million Illinois Facebook users will receive at least $345 each under the terms of the landmark deal.
A federal judge gave his final blessing Friday to a $650 million deal to resolve claims that Facebook illegally collected and stored users’ facial data without consent, making it one of the largest privacy-related settlements in U.S. history.
The approval comes more than five years after lead plaintiff Nimesh Patel sued Facebook in one of three consolidated class actions in 2015, claiming the social network started mapping users’ faces for its “Photo Tag Suggest” function in 2011.
The plaintiffs say Facebook did so without their permission and failed to inform them how long their data would be stored as required by the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act of 2008.