Historic Facebook Privacy Violations Settlement Reached

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A federal judge signaled Thursday that he will likely approve the largest known privacy settlement in U.S. history, despite arguments that the payout is far less than Facebook’s potential $47 billion in liability, reports the Courthouse News Service.  The $650 million settlement resolves claims that Facebook mapped Illinois users’ faces for its “Photo Tag Suggest” function starting in 2011 without consent and without telling them how long their facial data would be stored in violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act of 2008.  A lawyer for opponents of the deal insisted the settlement should not be viewed in comparison to prior deals but rather matched against the total amount of damages Facebook would have to pay if it lost at trial.

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