Facebook pays $397 to a MILLION people over disturbing data breaches – check if you’ve been impacted

FACEBOOK this month paid more than a million Americans at least $345 for collecting data without their consent.

Facebook users in Illinois were part of a seven-year class action lawsuit against the company that ended last year.

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The tech titan – now dubbed Meta – reached a $650 million settlement for claims it collected and stored the biometrics of millions of users.

The lawsuit alleged that Meta secretly used photo face tagging and other biometrics — physical characteristics.

Corresponding NBC ChicagoPayments were mailed to Class Members beginning May 9, 2022.

The billing website says it will take two weeks for checks to be sent and electronic payments to be processed.

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Recipients received between $200 and $400 per person from the settlement fund, the settlement website said.

Illinois-based Facebook users for whom Facebook created and stored a face template after June 7, 2011 were eligible for a payout.

If you haven’t applied for a piece of the cake yet, you’re out of luck: the application deadline was November 23, 2020.

The $550 million paid by Facebook is one of the largest settlements in US history.

It surpassed the $380.5 million Equifax was willing to pay to resolve consumer claims over a 2017 data breach that compromised the personal information of 143 million Americans.

Facebook was originally sued in 2015 when users accused the California-based company of violating Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act by using facial recognition technology to collect biometric data.

Users said Facebook did this by receiving data through its tag suggestions feature.

The online tool allowed users to recognize Facebook friends based on previously uploaded photos.

It followed an August 2020 refusal by a federal appeals court to reverse the class action lawsuit after Facebook argued the Illinois users had unique claims that required individual lawsuits.

More such litigation may be forthcoming.

“We expect Facebook to face similar litigation at the state and federal levels,” Morningstar analyst Ali Mogharabi wrote after the results were released.

Illinois biometric privacy law provided for damages of US$1,000 for each negligent breach and US$5,000 for each intentional or reckless breach.

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