Facebook has settled a class action lawsuit for $550 million.
According to the complaint, Facebook violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) when it used its facial recognition technology.
The complaint states that Facebook used this technology for tagging friends in photos and by so doing, the company violated BIPA as Facebook users’ biometrics were used without obtaining their consent or providing information to users about how long this information would be stored.
The $550 million settlement was reached after Facebook failed to quash the lawsuit in a petition to the Supreme Court. The settlement was announced as part of the company’s quarterly finance reports.
BIPA requires that companies that make use of biometric data such as facial recognition and fingerprints, obtain written permission from the users whose data would be used. Illinois residents can sue for $5,000 per violation.