ISLAMABAD, Feb 16 ( Alliance News): Facebook has agreed to pay 90 million to settle a decade-old privacy lawsuit alleging that a social media site tracked users’ Internet activity even after they logged out.
A proposed preliminary settlement was filed Monday night in U.S. District Court in San Jose, California, and requires a judge’s approval, according to Reuters. Delete data collected from
Users have accused the Meta Platform Unit of using plugins that violate federal and state privacy and wiretapping laws to store cookies.
Facebook allegedly compiled users’ browsing history into profiles which they sold to advertisers.
According to the settlement papers, the company stated that it did not commit any wrongdoing but agreed to the settlement in order to avoid the costs and risks of the lawsuit.
“The settlement is in the best interests of our community and our shareholders, and we’re happy to move on,” Meta spokesman Drew Posateri said in an email.
The settlement covers Facebook users in the United States who visited websites other than Facebook between April 22, 2010 and September 26, 2011 that displayed Facebook’s Like button.
Plaintiffs’ attorneys plan to receive فیس 26.1 million, or up to 29%, in legal fees from the Settlement Fund.
The lawsuit was settled out of court in February 2012, and Facebook has been facing other privacy complaints in recent years.
In July 2019, they agreed to strengthen privacy concerns in a US Federal Trade Commission settlement that included a 5 billion fine.
On Monday, the Texas Attorney General sued Meta, claiming that the company had collected facial recognition data without the consent of consumers.