FACEBOOK OFFERS TO PAY UP
Facebook has offered $650 million to pay a long-running class-action lawsuit about the use of facial-scanning technology.
“We are focused on settling as it is in the best interest of our community and our shareholders to move past this matter,” Facebook said in a statement.
The case centers around three Illinois residents who sued the social media company under a state law called the Biometric Information Privacy Act, permitting residents to sue if their faces have been scanned for data without written consent.
The residents claim that Facebook’s built-in feature — which suggests people and friends’ names in users’ photos automatically — is a violation of the privacy act.
In January, the initial settlement offer was set at $550 million and would have resulted in payouts of $150 to $300 per person in Illinois that is affected by the facial recognition technology. However, California U.S. District Judge James Donato said the payment was incredibly underwhelming.