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On Friday May 28, 2021, a federal judge in San Francisco has approved a $650 million settlement of a privacy lawsuit against Facebook for allegedly using photo face-tagging without the permission of its users.

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.”

Jay Edelson, a Chicago attorney who filed the lawsuit, told the Chicago Tribune that the checks could be in the mail within two months unless the ruling is appealed.

“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,” Facebook, which is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, said in a statement.

The lawsuit accused the social media giant of violating an Illinois privacy law by failing to get consent before using facial-recognition technology to scan photos uploaded by users to create and store faces digitally.

The state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act allowed consumers to sue companies that didn’t get permission before harvesting data such as faces and fingerprints.

The case eventually wound up as a class-action lawsuit in California.

Facebook has since changed its photo-tagging system.

 

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They make it sound like you are getting a good deal for them stealing and selling all of your information! $345 each? If there was only 1.6 million people, it still goes to show the lawyers are taking about $150 million.  It’s about time we change the system. Getting your information stolen, leaked, or is unacceptable. It’s a direct violation to our privacy, no data retention laws in place – so they can keep your info from when you first jumped on internet today still. When you identity has been stolen, you can spend 40 hours easy trying to get it fixed. But they pay you for your time spend on it it right? Only if you took time off of work to do it. Such a scam between the government and big data. Sleep a little too close in bed together.

If you have had your ID stolen, check out a FB page I have setup to help:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/131141227546760