On Thursday, March 17, the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in Hawaii upheld a landmark $650 million settlement of a privacy lawsuit against Facebook for allegedly collecting and storing “biometric data” without first giving notice and getting consent. Excepting further appeal, the money was to be transferred to Illinois class members in a span of 60 days.
Three different Illinois residents filed suit against Facebook in 2015 and claimed that the service's "tag suggestions" feature, which uses facial recognition to suggest other users tag in photos, violated their rights under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). The suits were eventually rolled together and were moved to Chicago federal court and then California federal court, where it attained class-action status.
A statement posted on the settlement website said:
The Settlement Administrator began sending settlement payments to class members on May 9, 2022. It will take about two weeks to finish mailing the checks and processing the electronic payments. If you are expecting payment but haven't yet received it, we ask that you wait until mid-June before making an inquiry.
Recently, Meta had turned off augmented reality filters for Facebook and Instagram in Texas and Illinois due to facial recognition and privacy laws in those states.
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