A new Facebook class action lawsuit has popped up in Illinois. The suit argues that the social media company violated Illinois state law by collecting “facial geometries” without users’ consent. If the case went to trial, Facebook could be on the hook for up to $35 billion. In addition to a fine, the case would cover damages to users who visited websites that use the “like” button. In addition, the plaintiffs argued that the social media company is violating privacy laws by collecting user data without consent.
Meta agrees to pay $90 million to settle a data privacy lawsuit
Facebook parent company Meta has agreed to pay tens of millions of dollars to settle a data privacy lawsuit. The lawsuit alleged that Meta illegally tracked the online activity of Facebook members, including cookies and plug-ins. The company told users it would only track them while they were logged in, but did so even when they were logged out. The settlement also requires Meta to delete the data they collected during that time.
The settlement amounts to $90 million, which will go into a claims fund, and also requires Meta to delete all the data it had wrongfully collected. The agreement makes Meta one of the 10 largest companies to ever face a data privacy lawsuit in the US, and it could also save the company from a potentially costly and crippling trial. The settlement also requires Meta to delete all the data they wrongfully collected over the past five years.
Class action lawsuit covers users who visited non-Facebook websites with a “like” button
A lawsuit brought against Facebook and the “Like” button was settled for $90 million. The suit alleged that Facebook’s “Like” button tracked users even when they logged out of Facebook. Meta’s “Like” button was supposed to give users an outlet to express their preferences by “liking” a site. Meta collected personal data without the user’s consent and profited from it.
The proposed settlement only covers the period between April 22, 2010, and September 26, 2011. However, the suit is significant and groundbreaking in that it requires Facebook to delete all user data. The settlement may serve as a precedent for future similar lawsuits. In addition to deleting user data, the proposed settlement also requires Facebook to provide a method for payments. As long as Facebook complies with the terms of the settlement, it should be considered a win for users.
While the federal court dismissed the lawsuit in 2017, a federal appeals court revived the case in April 2020. The court said that Facebook’s data collection practices created economic harm for the users. Facebook appealed the ruling and asked the Supreme Court to hear the case. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case. But that’s not the end of the case. Now, a class-action lawsuit covers all users who visited non-Facebook websites with “like” buttons.
Texas law prohibits the collection of “facial geometries” without consent
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is suing the parent company of Facebook for violating privacy laws by collecting facial geometries without consent. He claims the company illegally collected the information without consent, sent it to others, and violated the law. If the lawsuit is successful, the parent company could be forced to pay hundreds of billions of dollars in civil penalties. Texas’ lawsuits have the potential to impact many other companies, including Twitter and Google.
The lawsuit claims that Facebook improved facial recognition technology and created a sophisticated AI framework to collect this data without consent. As a result, the company violated CUBI, which prohibits the commercial use of biometric identifiers without the consent of the person being tracked. Specifically, Texas has a law that prevents the collection of “facial geometries” without consent.
Class action lawsuit against facial recognition firm Clearview AI
A new class-action lawsuit is underway against Facebook and facial recognition firm Clearview AI, alleging they violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act. The company allegedly collected more than three billion images of Americans on social media sites, including Twitter and Venmo. The company declined to comment, but US lawmakers have demanded answers from the firm. The company also received a cease-and-desist letter from Twitter demanding that it delete the photos of its users.
The lawsuit cites the privacy rights of California residents and says the company’s surveillance violates the state’s privacy laws. Despite privacy and security laws, Clearview has been accused of peddling these services in cities that ban facial recognition technology. Despite the bans, the company continues to sell its services to law enforcement agencies in California. That’s a problem that many people may not have thought about.