META has agreed to pay $90 million to settle a decades-long lawsuit alleging that Facebook spied on users after they signed out.
The settlement was filed Monday in a California court, and if approved by a judge, one of the lawsuits alleges the social media giant violated user privacy.
The fee agreed to by Meta – Facebook’s parent company – will be distributed to affected users in the US.
It is unclear how many people may owe a payment.
“Achieving a settlement in this case, which has been more than a decade old, is in the best interests of our community,” Meta’s Drew Pusateri told AFP.
“We’re happy to get over this issue.”
The lawsuit alleges the social media giant violated privacy guidelines by tracking users’ visits to external websites containing Facebook’s “like” buttons for ad targeting. better.
According to court filings, that tracking contradicts assurances Facebook made at the time.
The lawsuit, a merger of federal and state lawsuits, represents people with active Facebook accounts from early 2010 to late 2011.
Facebook can tell when someone loads a page embedded with its content, such as a “like” button.
The company can then link the data back to the user’s profile, according to the legal filing.
According to this social network, the issue raised in the lawsuit has been resolved and no longer affects Facebook users.
The proposed settlement calls for Meta to pay $90 million into the claims fund and delete all data the lawsuit argues was improperly collected.
The case has been going through the lower courts since 2012 and last year the Supreme Court refused to hear it.
At the time, user privacy flaws were one of Facebook’s biggest problems.
However, in the years since, problems of misinformation, hate speech, and threats to democracy have added to the mix.
Attorneys for the case say the settlement is one of the 10 largest data-privacy settlements in US history.
But it is only a small part of Facebook’s $650 million settlement in a privacy lawsuit last year.
In that case, the lawsuit alleges that Facebook used face-tagging on photos and other biometric data without the user’s permission.
Meta and other US internet giants are on the radar of privacy advocates, users and regulators over how they use people’s data and behavior tracking software “cookies”. vi online.
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