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Court ruling paves the way for Facebook to settle its facial recognition lawsuit

(Reuters) – Facebook received preliminary approval late on Wednesday from a federal courtroom for settlement of a lawsuit that claimed it illegally collected and saved biometric information of tens of millions of customers with out their consent.

The social media firm had in July raised its settlement supply by $100 million to $650 million in relation to the lawsuit, through which Illinois customers accused it of violating the U.S. state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act.

The revised settlement settlement resolved the courtroom’s issues, resulting in the preliminary approval of the category motion settlement, Judge James Donato wrote in an order filed within the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

“Preliminary approval of the amended stipulation of class action settlement, Dkt. No. 468, is granted, and a final approval hearing is set for January 7, 2021,” the decide mentioned within the eight-page order.

Facebook allegedly violated the state’s regulation by way of its “Tag Suggestions” characteristic, which allowed customers to acknowledge their Facebook associates from beforehand uploaded images, in keeping with the lawsuit, which started in 2015.

The firm has lately confronted criticism from lawmakers and regulators over its privateness practices. Last 12 months, it agreed to pay a document $5 billion high-quality to settle a Federal Trade Commission information privateness probe.

(Reporting by Ann Maria Shibu in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur)

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