Facebook pays Illinois residents $397 as part of its facial recognition lawsuit settlement

What just happened? It’s been almost seven years since a class action lawsuit was filed against Facebook in Illinois, alleging the company violated citizens’ rights by collecting and storing scans of their faces without their permission. Today, more than one million residents are receiving checks and deposits of $397 as part of a settlement payment.

The lawsuit, filed in 2015, alleged that Facebook’s removed photo tagging feature violated Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), which prohibits the collection of biometrically identifiable data without a person’s express consent. This includes fingerprints, retina scans and facial geometry.

Facebook’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit was denied in May 2016, and U.S. District Judge James Donato ruled it could proceed with a class action in 2018. Although Facebook was successful in its request to move the case from Illinois to San Francisco, new calls were repeated. failed.

Facebook argued that no “actual” harm was caused by its actions and that BIPA could not apply because its servers were not in Illinois. The company even tried to have the class action dismissed in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, without success.

Facebook finally agreed to settle for $550 million. After a federal judge ruled it was too little, the amount was increased to $650 million, which, less costs and $97.5 million in attorney fees, will be split between the 1, 6 million people who signed the settlement.

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Facebook’s “Suggested Tags” feature, which used facial recognition to identify users in photos and suggest tagging them, was shut down by Meta last year, though it never shut the door on a possible future return of the technology in one form or another.

Payments are sent by check and direct deposit. Engadget reports that wrapping the first one doesn’t show it as a $394 payment. “Honestly, I almost threw mine away. It was sent in a brown recycled paper envelope. Felt like a paper bag. I for sure thought it was spam,” one Reddit user said.

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