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Because of the “10 years scandal” .. Facebook pays $ 90 million

A proposed preliminary settlement was filed with the US District Court in San Jose, California and requires a judge’s approval. The agreement also requires Facebook to delete data it illegally collected.

Facebook users of Metaplatforms have been accused of violating federal and local privacy laws and wiretapping by using help software to store cookies, which were tracked when they visited external websites with Facebook’s “Like” tag.

There are allegations that Facebook then aggregated users’ browsing history into profiles that it sold to advertisers.

The case was dismissed in June 2017, but a federal appeals court reconsidered in April 2020, saying that users could try to prove that the California-based Menlo Park unfairly took advantage and violated their privacy.

Facebook’s subsequent efforts to persuade the US Supreme Court to hear the case were unsuccessful.

Settling to avoid risk

The company denied any wrongdoing but settled the case to avoid the costs and risks of prosecution, according to the settlement papers.

The settlement “is in the interest of our community and our shareholders and we are pleased to see this issue resolved,” Meta spokesman Drew Bustieri said in an email.

The settlement covers Facebook users in the United States who visited between April 22, 2010 and September 26, 2011 non-Facebook websites that displayed the social network’s “like” tag.

The plaintiffs’ attorneys plan to seek legal fees of up to $26.1 million, or 29 percent of the settlement funds, which began in February 2012.

Facebook has faced other privacy lawsuits. In July 2019, it agreed to enhance privacy safeguards in a US Federal Trade Commission settlement that also included a $5 billion fine.

On Monday, the Texas attorney general sued Meta, saying it collected facial recognition data without users’ permission.

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