MOSCOW, February 27 – RIA Novosti. A California court has approved Facebook's $ 650 million proposal to settle a class action lawsuit against Illinois residents over the company's use of facial recognition technology, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Residents of Illinois filed a class action lawsuit against Facebook in 2015, accusing the company of violating the law by using facial recognition technology to collect biometric data. Previously, Facebook offered $ 650 million to settle a class action lawsuit, initially the company offered to pay only $ 550 million, but the district court in San Francisco expressed doubts about the adequacy of this amount.
According to the court's decision, each of the 1.6 million residents of the state who filed the lawsuit will receive at least $ 345 in compensation from the company. Part of the funds will be used to pay for the work of a lawyer.
According to the newspaper, Judge James Donato called the deal “a landmark result.” “In general, the settlement (of the claim – ed.) Is a serious victory for consumers in the urgent issue of personal data protection in the digital space,” the newspaper quoted the judge as saying.
Earlier it was reported that Facebook will no longer automatically use facial recognition technology on the social network. The company said that users have always had the ability to choose whether to use face recognition, but promised that in the future this feature will be disabled by default, and users will be able to allow its use in the settings.