Facebook Facial Scans Biometric Privacy Settlement

Settlement Structure: Claims Made

Active: Open

Case Summary:

Facebook is paying $650 million to settle an Illinois class action alleging that its “Tag Suggestions” and other features involving facial scans violated the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). Under the law, companies can’t collect, store, or use biometric information without first giving the subjects notice and obtaining their consent. The case alleges that Facebook used facial recognition technology to create facial templates which it collected and stored without consent.

Docket Number:

3:15-CV-03747-JD

Company: Facebook Inc.

Filing Deadline: November 23, 2020

Class Period: June 7, 2011

Objection Deadline: November 23, 2020

Exclusion Deadline: November 23, 2020

Final Approval Hearing: January 7, 2021

Proof of Purchase:

You must provide an e-mail address or telephone number associated with your Facebook account. If you believe you are a member of the class but did not receive a Notice, contact the Settlement Administrator.

Eligibility:

You may be eligible if you are a Facebook user who lives in Illinois, has lived there for at least 183 days (six months), and for whom Facebook created and stored a face template after June 7, 2011.

Note that the class does not include all users of Facebook who live in Illinois. If your uploading of a photo or your tagging in another photo did not result in the creation of a face template, you are not a member of the class.

Typical Settlement Amount:

Estimated at $200-$400 per person; final amount depends on the number of valid claims received. Facebook is also required to turn off the Facial Recognition setting and delete face templates for most class members unless the class members turns the setting back on.

Total Settlement Amount: $650 million

Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:

Up to $7,500 each

Law Firms:
Edelson
Labaton Sucharow LLP
Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd

Claim Form: Facebook Facial Scans Biometric Privacy Settlement Claim Form

Case Name: In re Facebook Biometric Information Privacy Litigation

Settlement Website: Facebook Facial Scans Biometric Privacy Settlement Website

Claims Administrator:
Gilardi & Co., LLC

Claims Administrator Contact Information:

In re Facebook Biometric Information Privacy Litigation Settlement Administrator
c/o Gilardi & Co LLC
P.O. Box 43401
Providence, RI 02940-3401
1-844-799-2417

Tags: Biometric Data, Taking/Storing/Using Biometric Data, Your Privacy