Facebook pays $90 million to end lawsuits

Facebook uses cookies, which are placed in browsers by Facebook, to register visits to other websites.

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Meta, the parent company of Facebook, has agreed to pay 90 million dollars (79.23 million euros) to end lawsuits in a new class action for breach of user privacy, said informed Tuesday, February 15. The social networking giant was accused of having tracked users in their internet browsing, even after they disconnected from the platform, to collect data for advertising targeting purposes.

The agreement submitted Monday for approval in a California court provides that the 90 million will be paid to witnesses who prove that they were affected by this tracking. And Meta is committed to isolating and destroying all relevant personal information, described in 2010 and 2011.

Precedents already settled with the reinforcement of millions

According to the complaint, Facebook uses cookies, installed in browsers by Facebook, to register visits to other websites. For example, the social network knew that a user, even if not logged in, displayed other sites when these included “Like” buttons – containing code from the thumb-in-the-air platform, therefore. This problem has been resolved for a long time and is no longer relevant today, assures Meta.

A year ago, Facebook agreed to pay $650 million to end a privacy lawsuit against 1.6 million users. A Chicago attorney filed suit against the platform in 2015, alleging it illegally authorized biometric data to identify faces. During the lawsuit, it emerged that Facebook was storing biodata without users’ consent, in violation of Illinois law.

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