“Judge Approves Facebook’s $650M Privacy Settlement as ‘Major Win for Consumers'”

“Judge Approves Facebook’s $650M Privacy Settlement as ‘Major Win for Consumers'”

February 26, 2021

A federal judge has given final approval to a $650 million class action settlement with Facebook, praising an “impressive claims rate” in a case that had “several complicated and intensely litigated issues.” In a Friday order, U.S. District Judge James Donato of the Northern District of California, who initially rejected preliminary approval of the settlement when it was worth $550 million, noted that each class member would get $345. “By any measure, the $650 million settlement in this biometric privacy class action is a landmark result,” wrote Donato. “Overall, the settlement is a major win for consumers in the hotly contested area of digital privacy.”

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