A U.S. federal judge has approved $ 650 million in damages Facebook To end a privacy dispute with 1.6 million Illinois users.
The decision was made last Friday (26), according to documents released by the AFP news agency on Sunday.
Chicago Attorney Jay Edelson filed a lawsuit in 2015 alleging Facebook Biometric data illegally collected to identify faces, Violates an Illinois privacy law.
Company in January 2020 Agreed to pay $ 550 million, Failed to resolve the dispute, which in 2018 became a class action. Months later, in July, the judge in the case, James Donato, ruled that the amount was insufficient.
During the trial, it was revealed that Facebook had stored users’ biometric data (digital scanners of their faces) without their consent. In 2019, the social network suggested that the facial recognition function should be optional.
For Donato, the decision is historic and “represents a significant victory for users in the disputed realm of digital privacy. It is one of the largest contracts involving privacy breaches”, with each applicant receiving at least $ 345 in compensation.
In 2019, Facebook even paid a penny 5 billion fine To end an investigation into the privacy practices of an American government.