Facebook reaches tentative $550 million settlement in facial recognition lawsuit


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Facebook reaches tentative $550 million settlement in facial recognition lawsuit

On Wednesday, the 29th of January 2020, the Menlo Park, CA-based social networking tycoon, Facebook Inc., had issued a public statement saying that the company had reached a $550 million settlement deal tied up to a lawsuit accusing the social networking behemoth of illegally collecting and storing biometric data of millions of its users without taking legal consents.

In point of fact, origin of the latest Facebook Inc. lawsuit alleging it of breaching sensitive privacy data was dated back to the early 2015s, when a bunch of Illinois Facebook Inc. users had filed a lawsuit over charges that the social networking titan, which has long been the owner of four out of top six internet service providers across the globe such as Facebook App, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram, had been violating the US state of Illinois’s Biometric Information Privacy Act during gathering biometric data.

More importantly, according to the court documents, Facebook Inc. had capitalized on its “Tag Suggestion” feature to collect sensitive biometric information of millions of its users, while following Wednesday’s (January 29th) announcement of the deal, law firms acting on behalf on the plaintiffs such as Labaton Sucharow, Edelson and Robbins Geller were quoted saying in a statement late on Wednesday (January 29th) that the plaintiffs would now request an approval of the settlement deal in the district courts of US state of Illinois.