A California court has approved a $ 650 million settlement offered by Facebook to settle a class-action lawsuit by residents of Illinois over the company’s use of facial recognition technology, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Residents of Illinois filed a class-action lawsuit against Facebook in 2015, accusing the company of violating the law by using facial recognition technology to collect biometric data. Earlier, Facebook offered $ 650 million to settle a class-action lawsuit. Initially, the company offered to pay only $ 550 million, but the district court in San Francisco expressed doubts about the sufficiency of this amount.
According to the court’s decision, each of the 1.6 million residents of the state who filed the lawsuit will receive at least $ 345 in compensation from the company. Part of the funds will be used to pay for the work of a lawyer.
According to the newspaper, Judge James Donato called the deal “a significant result.” “In general, the settlement (of the claim) is a serious victory for consumers in the current issue of personal data protection in the digital space,” the newspaper quotes the judge as saying.
Earlier it was reported that Facebook would no longer automatically use facial recognition technology in the social network. The company said that users always had the option to choose whether to use the face recognition feature but promised that in the future, this feature would be disabled by default, and users will be able to allow its use in the settings.