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Settlement Alert: Illinois Facebook Biometric Privacy Class Action Settlement

About the Illinois Facebook Biometric Privacy Settlement

Facebook was accused of unlawfully storing consumers’ valuable biometric data through “face templates” which was intended to help users tag photos with suggested matches.

According to the class action members, these face templates violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), which aims to protect Illinois residents from fraud in connection with their face scans, fingerprint scans, and other biometrics and includes a number of requirements that businesses must follow when they collect, store, or share consumer data.

Understand the case more by reading about it under the name: In re: Facebook Biometric Information Privacy Litigation, Case No. 3:15-cv-03747-JD, N.D. CA.

Are you an Illinois resident affected by the Facebook Biometric Privacy Lawsuit and in the belief that you are entitled to a settlement? Feel free to contact us today for help.

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Details on the Illinois Facebook Biometric Privacy Settlement

Facebook has agreed to settle the lawsuit with a $650 million privacy settlement after more than five years of litigation. The settlement does not assign any wrongdoing to Facebook but resolves the claims to avoid further risk or cost of trial.

The terms of the settlement originally provided $550 million in benefits to class action members but were later revised after U.S. District Judge James Donato questioned the true value of the deal, saying, “You are all fond of telling me this is a record-breaking settlement and that may be. But I want to see a record-breaking claims rate as well.” After revising the deal, Judge Donato signed off on the settlement terms.

The settlement also included an agreement by Facebook to turn off its facial recognition feature for most of the affected consumers who will have the ability to turn the service back on whenever they want. Should they choose not to, Facebook has also agreed to delete all existing face templates for the users.

The settlement applies to Facebook users in Illinois who have lived there for at least six months and for whom Facebook has created and stored a “face template” since June 7, 2011.

Affected consumers can potentially receive cash payments of between $200 and $400 per person, depending on the number of valid claims filed and the amount deducted from the settlement fund for fees, costs, and other awards.

Valid claim forms must be submitted by November 23, 2020. Consumers must have an email address or telephone number associated with a Facebook user’s account in order to file a claim. However, Facebook will use its own records to verify the claims.

The deadline for exclusion and objection is November 23, 2020. The final approval hearing for the Facebook users’ privacy settlement is scheduled for January 7, 2021.

If you’re affected by the Illinois Facebook Biometric Privacy lawsuit settlement, we’d love to hear from you.

Editor’s note on the Illinois Facebook Biometric Privacy Class Action Settlement:

This piece is written about the recent Illinois Facebook Biometric Privacy Class Action Settlement. If you are considered eligible to be among the class of consumers described in the class action lawsuit settlement, you may eventually be able to participate in receiving any compensation the court may award.

If you believe that what is alleged in the Illinois Facebook Biometric Privacy class action settlement has affected you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

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We’d be happy to help you take a step in the right direction, fight this issue, and better enable you to join in on any potential consumer class action. If interested, please send an email to Outreach@ConsiderTheConsumer.com, find us on Twitter or Facebook, or even connect with us directly on our website! We look forward to hearing from you all.

Similarly, please check out our current list of Class Actions and Class Action Investigations, here.

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