Justices Won't Touch Facebook's $9.5M 'Beacon' Privacy Deal

Law360, New York (November 4, 2013, 1:46 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to disturb Facebook Inc.'s $9.5 million settlement of user privacy claims over its notorious "Beacon" feature, but Chief Justice John Roberts suggested the court should restrict similar deals that leave class members uncompensated.

The high court let stand a divided Ninth Circuit opinion approving a class action settlement in which Facebook agreed to terminate its short-lived Beacon feature — designed to track users' online purchases and post them on their Facebook pages — and pay $9.5 million to set...
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