(Reuters) – Facebook Inc. won a preliminary approval late Wednesday from a federal court to resolve a lawsuit alleging that it illegally collected and stored biometric data on millions of users without their consent.
In July, the company on social media had raised its offer by $ 100 million to $ 650 million in relation to the lawsuit, in which Illinois users accused it of violating the state's privacy law for biometric information.
The revised agreement resolved the court's concerns, leading to the preliminary approval of the class agreement, Judge James Donato wrote in a decision filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
"Preliminary approval of the amended provision on group agreement, Dkt. 468, is granted, and a final approval hearing will be introduced on January 7, 2021
Facebook allegedly alleged state law violations through its "Tag Suggestions" feature, which allowed users to recognize their Facebook friends from previously uploaded photos, according to the trial, which began in 2015.
The company has recently faced criticism from legislators and regulators over their privacy practices. Last year, it agreed to pay a record $ 5 billion fine to solve a secrecy probe for the Federal Trade Commission.