What you need to know
- Facebook has been sued in California.
- It's over allegations it collected the biometric data of 100 million Instagram users.
- It is claimed Facebook stored and profited from the data without users' knowledge or consent.
A new lawsuit filed against Facebook claims it illegally collected the biometric data of 100 million users without their knowledge or consent.
As the report notes, Facebook has already offered to pay up $650 million in order to settle a similar lawsuit claiming it illegally collected biometric data using a photo-tagging tool for Facebook.
Now, a new lawsuit filed Monday claims something similar may have happened on Instagram:
According to Illinois privacy law, the unauthorized collection of biometric data is prohibited, and companies can be forced to pay up to $1,000 per violation. The claims that it was not until the beginning of 2020 that Facebook started informing Instagram users of the practice.
Regarding the earlier Facebook case, a judge rejected Facebook's offer to settle up for $550 million, stating it was a "significant reduction" from the $1,000 set by Illinois legislature. A revised offer of $650 million was agreed by both parties but has not been approved by the judge as yet. If the settlement goes through, affected users could be paid between $200 and $400 each.
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