Why Donato called it one of the largest settlements ever for a privacy violation?
Privacy is important for all generations. Facebook was violating Illinois law by storing biometric data — digital scans of people’s faces, in support of its face-tagging feature — without users’ consent. Eventually, Facebook agreed to pay $550 million after it failed to get the lawsuit — filed as a class action in 2018 – dismissed. About July 2020 hearing, James Donato said that the amount was insufficient as the deal will affect 1.6 million Facebook users in Illinois who submitted claims.
“It will put at least $345 into the hands of every class member interested in being compensated,” he wrote, calling it “a major win for consumers in the hotly contested area of digital privacy,” he said.
Jay Edelson, a Chicago attorney who filed the lawsuit told the Chicago Tribune that the checks could be in the mail within two months unless the ruling is appealed.
How Facebook reacted when asked about the settlement?
In the middle of this chaos, in a Facebook post where Mr. Zuckerberg said the firm had “a responsibility to protect people’s privacy” and would be changing how its products were developed and how the company is run.
He said that Facebook was reviewing its technical systems to identify possible privacy risks, and going forward, whenever the social network built a new product that used data, or a feature changed the way it used data, possible privacy risks would need to be addressed.
Facebook after the settlement said in a statement “we are pleased to have settled so we can move past this matter, which is in the best interest of our community and our shareholders.”