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September 23, 2020
Facebook settles facial recognition lawsuit for $550 million

Facebook Settles Massive Lawsuit for $550 Million Over the Social Network’s Use of Facial Recognition

Social media giant Facebook has finally reached a settlement after years of fighting in courts, over its use of facial recognition technology…

After a number of years of arguing in courts, Facebook has come to settle a lawsuit against it over the use of facial recognition. Plaintiffs sued based on the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.

Facebook Settles Facial Recognition Lawsuit for $550 Million

The plaintiffs allege that Facebook did not receive “explicit consent” from users before the social site collected their data.

A spokesperson explains why the plaintiffs agreed to settle their lawsuit against Facebook:

“We decided to pursue a settlement as it was in the best interest of our community and our shareholders to move past this matter.”

Additionally, ACLU attorney Nathan Freed Wessler says about the matter

“…this case is a great example of how states can take the lead to protect their residents’ privacy rights despite Congress’ failure to do the same.”

Facebook has agreed to settle the case in a principle to pay $550 million to resolve the civil action. However, the settlement isn’t yet official. A judge needs to sign off on the agreement for final court approval.

Bill Boyles

Bill is a freelance writer who covers a wide range of topics, including apps, social media, and search.

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