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Facebook agreed to a $550 million settlement to resolve a class-action lawsuit in Illinois over alleged violations of that state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act triggered by the social network’s tag suggest facial-recognition feature.
The settlement was reached after Facebook’s unsuccessful petition to have the Supreme Court hear the case.
A spokesperson for the company said in a statement: “We decided to pursue a settlement as it was in the best interest of our community and our shareholders to move past this matter.”
The plaintiffs were represented by three law firms: Edelson PC filed the initial suit, and it incorporated similar cases filed by Labaton Sucharow and Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd.