Facebook wins preliminary approval to settle facial recognition lawsuit

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Facebook has won preliminary approval from a national court for settlement of a lawsuit that claimed it collected and stored biometric data of millions of customers without their approval.

The social networking business had previously in July increased its settlement offer by $100 million to $650 million in regard to the lawsuit, where Illinois users accused of violating the US nation’s Biometric Information Privacy Act.

The revised settlement agreement resolved the court’s concerns, resulting in the preliminary approval of the class action settlement, Judge James Donato wrote in an order filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California.

“No. 468, is granted, and a final approval hearing is set for January 7, 2021”, the judge said from the eight-page purchase.

Facebook allegedly violated the nation’s law through its “Tag Suggestions” feature, which enabled users to recognise their Facebook friends from previously uploaded photographs, according to the lawsuit, which started in 2015.

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The business has recently faced criticism from lawmakers and regulators over its privacy practices. This past year, it agreed to pay a record $5 billion fine to settle a Federal Trade Commission data privacy probe.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Ann Maria Shibu in Bengaluru. Editing by Arun Koyyur.

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