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Facebook Users in Illinois Begin Receiving Payments in a $650 Million Class-Action Lawsuit

Payments are rolling out in the settlement of a 2020 lawsuit against Facebook, now Meta, over its use of facial recognition technology that violated an Illinois privacy law.

In an update posted to an official website for the lawsuit, it was announced that beginning May 9, payments estimated at $200-400 would begin rolling out to plaintiffs in the suit.

Officials said that if you are expecting a payment and do not receive one within two weeks of May 9, wait until mid-June to make an inquiry.

The $650 million settlement was approved by a U.S. District Judge in February 2021, after the 2020 suit accused Facebook of using users’ facial recognition data and other biometrics without their consent, specifically citing the company had failed to get permission before scanning and storing faces in users’ photos through a “photo tagging” feature that has since been removed.

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