Facebook to pay $ 650 million to end U.S. privacy breach

    A federal judge ruled on Friday (26) ended the 2015 lawsuit that alleged that the social network collected biometric data to identify faces, violating an Illinois law.

    An American federal judge approved the $ 650 million payment by Facebook to end a privacy conflict with 1.6 million users in the state of Illinois.

    The decision was taken last Friday (26), according to documents accessed by AFP news agency on Sunday.

    Chicago attorney Jay Edelson filed the lawsuit in 2015, claiming that Facebook was illegally collecting biometric data to identify faces, violating an Illinois privacy law.

    General Data Protection Law: see questions and answers

    In January 2020, the company agreed to pay $ 550 million, after a failed attempt to settle the dispute, which became a class action lawsuit in 2018. Months later, in July, the judge of the case, James Donato, ruled that the value was insufficient.

    During the trial, it was proven that Facebook stored users’ biometric data (digital scanners of their faces) without their consent. In 2019, the social network proposed that the facial recognition function be optional.
    For Donato, the decision is historic and represents “an important victory for consumers, in the controversial scope of digital privacy. It is one of the largest agreements ever closed involving the violation of privacy”, he commented, noting that each plaintiff will receive at least US $ 345 as a concept of indemnity.

    In 2019, Facebook even paid a record $ 5 billion fine to end an American government investigation into its privacy practices.

    Recent Articles

    Ear 1: Mysterious Nothing Company Announces First Product

    The mysterious technology company of the co-founder of OnePlus announces its first product, which is nothing but a bluetooth headset called Ear 1 At the...

    The trick to use your WhatsApp on two mobiles at the same time

    Throughout 2021, the messaging application that does not need an introduction, WhatsApp, will allow the same account to be used on different devices, up...

    TikTok will broadcast live game of the Northeast Cup

    TikTok will broadcast a football game live for the first time this Wednesday (31), when it will display the Ceará x CSA match at...

    This is how Samsung recycles its old mobiles to turn them into eye disease detectors

    Samsung has begun to reuse its older Galaxy smartphones to provide eye care in underprivileged countries, using the mobile camera to detect eye diseases...

    NASA prepares to fly a helicopter on Mars for the first time

    This is the Ingenuity mission, which, after several years of tests and technological developments, will allow it to fly over the surface of the...

    Related Stories

    Leave A Reply

    Please enter your comment!
    Please enter your name here

    Stay on op - Ge the daily news in your inbox