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Facebook settles largest consumer privacy case in U.S. history: will pay $650 million

Beijing time on November 26 morning news, Facebook has reached a settlement in the largest consumer privacy case in U.S. history, but only about a quarter of the 6 million Illinois residents eligible for damages in the case are One will get compensation from the company.

About a third of Facebook’s $650 million settlement will go to attorney and administrative costs, while about 1.57 million people, according to statistics received by the court after Monday’s claims deadline passed. It is likely to receive more than $300 in compensation per person. In the class-action lawsuit, Facebook is accused of using its photo-tagging feature to collect biometric images of users without consent.

In the case of class actions, it is often not worth suing because the damages are so low. In view of this, it is a successful case that 25% of the plaintiffs will receive compensation in the end. Typically, fewer than 10 percent of eligible plaintiffs in class actions file claims.

In this case, the judge initially questioned the fairness of the settlement of less than $1 billion because if users had asked for Facebook to go to trial, they could have served the company for every violation of the Illinois Biometric Privacy Information Act. Privacy Information Act) seeking damages of up to $5,000.

In an effort to persuade U.S. District Judge James Donato, lawyers representing Facebook and consumers added an additional $100 million to the original $550 million settlement and pledged to more aggressively Plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit issued notices, including reminders directly through Facebook user accounts. The settlement is scheduled for final approval in early 2021.

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