Analysis

BIPA Bares Its Teeth In Facebook Biometric Privacy Deal

Law360 (January 30, 2020, 10:39 PM EST) -- Facebook's agreement to pay a record $550 million to end a class action viewed as a key test of Illinois' uniquely powerful biometric privacy law may inspire plaintiffs to bring even more cases, potentially putting companies that do business in the state on edge.

The social media giant said Wednesday that it had agreed to create a $550 million cash fund to compensate millions of Illinois users who claimed the company breached the state's Biometric Information Privacy Act by using facial recognition without their consent to fuel its feature that suggests tags for photos.

The settlement sum is modest in the grand...

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