Facebook, Inc. has settled a class action that claimed Facebook collected and stored the biometric data of Facebook users in Illinois without the proper notice and consent in violation of Illinois law as part of its “Tag Suggestions” feature and other features involving facial recognition technology. Facebook denies it violated any law.

UPDATE: The Court granted final approval of the class action settlement on February 26, 2021 and entered final judgment on April 12, 2021. However, two class members—Dawn Frankfother and Cathy Flanagan—have filed an appeal with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. This appeal prevents payments from being made to any class members. The appeals court has set an oral argument date of February 18, 2022, but the Court may not reach a decision until several months later. Frankfother and Flanagan have refused to expedite the appeal and the Ninth Circuit rejected Class Counsel's request to do so. Class Counsel remains committed to using every possible legal means to expedite this timeframe.

Am I eligible to receive a payment from the Settlement?

The Court decided that all people who fit this definition are included in the Class: “Facebook users located in Illinois for whom Facebook created and stored a face template after June 7, 2011.” To file a valid claim under the Settlement, you must have lived in the State of Illinois for a period of at least 183 days (6 months).

How much money will I receive?

If you believe you are a class member you can fill out a short Claim Form and receive approximately $200 to $400 per person from a $650 million Settlement Fund. The amount you receive may be less than or greater than this amount depending on the number of valid claims filed. This fund will also be used to pay the costs of notifying people about the Settlement, the lawyers’ fees, awards to the users who helped bring the lawsuit, and certain taxes. The Settlement also requires Facebook to turn “off” the Facial Recognition setting and delete face templates for most Class Members unless they turn it back “on.”

The deadline to file a claim form was November 23, 2020.

What are my rights and options?


The only way to get a payment. You must submit a valid Claim Form either online or by mail no later than November 23, 2020.


Write to the Court about why you do not like something about the Settlement no later than November 23, 2020.


If you don't want to be part of the Settlement, you must send a written request to be excluded by November 23, 2020. You won't get any money or other benefits, but you will keep any rights to sue Facebook yourself for the same legal issues in this lawsuit.


You can ask to speak to the Court about your opinion of the Settlement, including the amount of lawyers' fees. Written requests to speak must be received by the Court by November 23, 2020.


You won't get any money and you will lose any rights to sue Facebook yourself for the same legal issues in this lawsuit.

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