Record Facebook Deal May Boost US Privacy Law Push

By Allison Grande (January 31, 2020, 9:35 PM EST) -- Facebook's record $550 million biometric privacy settlement is likely to put increased pressure on state and federal lawmakers to enact stronger privacy protections that allow more consumers across the country to sue for a range of alleged data misdeeds. 

The proposed deal disclosed Wednesday between Facebook and a class of millions of Illinois consumers showcased the strength of the state's unique Biometric Information Privacy Act, which is the only law of its kind in the U.S. that allows for private litigation. It also reinvigorated questions about why more states don't have similar protections on the books, consumer advocates say.

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