Social media giant Facebook is no stranger to controversy. Earlier this year, parent company Meta settled a seven-year class-action suit for allegedly collecting and storing the biometric data of users without their consent.
Facebook users in Illinois went to court, stating that Tag Suggestions and other facial recognition features violated the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act.
According to a press release, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has granted "preliminary approval" of a $90 million settlement with Facebook's parent company involving the famous "Like" button.
The suit addresses a "long-running class action accusing Facebook of tracking its subscribers’ activities on non-Facebook websites –- even while signed out of their Facebook accounts."
According to the press release, the class action suit applies to Facebook users in the United States who, between April 22, 2010, and Sept. 25, 2011, visited non-Facebook websites that displayed Facebook's "Like" button.
Per the proposed settlement, Facebook will be required to create a fully non-reversionary settlement fund that will distribute the $90 million evenly among class members.
Facebook will also be required to “sequester and delete” data that has been determined to have been “wrongfully collected” from its users during the class period.
Around 124 million Facebook users are included in the class action settlement.
Individual settlement amounts have not yet been released. The Facebook User Tracking Class Action Settlement is In re: Facebook Internet Tracking Litigation, Case No. 5:12-md-02314, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.