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Illinois Facebook Users Awarded a Portion of $550M in Settlement Money

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Facebook users in Illinois could soon see a portion of a $550 million settlement over the company's alleged breach of Illinois' biometric information law. 

The social media giant disclosed that it had come to a tentative agreement over a 2015 lawsuit that alleged the company violated Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act each time it stored a person’s facial data to then notify them about photographs posted on the platform.

“When you would upload a photo, it would suggest who was in that photo and it was using facial recognition technology to do that,” said Christoper Dore, partner attorney at Edelson PC.

It's not yet clear how many people will qualify for compensation as part of the settlement.

“Any class action notice will go out through various means, email and other means, to let people know that they are part of the class and present them with the options that they have,” Dore said.

Read the source article at Alton Daily News

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