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$550 Million Preliminary Settlement Reached in Biometric Privacy Class Action

Plaintiffs in a biometric privacy class action in Illinois alleged that a global social media company’s face-scanning practices violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California filed a motion requesting preliminary approval of a $550 million settlement deal. Last August, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit affirmed class certification and held that the class’s claims met the standing requirement described in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins because the social media company’s alleged development of a face template that used facial-recognition technology without users’ consent constituted an invasion of an individual’s private affairs and concrete interests.

 

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