More than 1.5 million residents of the US state of Illinois have signed up to take home a share of a total of 650 million dollars (more than 546 million euros) from Facebook, reports Law360. The amount is on the table as part of a settlement proposal after Facebook was charged with violating local law.
Illinois is one of the few states in the United States that has strict laws for the use of biometric data. Facebook users went to court for filing users’ faces.
In January, the parties reached an agreement under which Facebook would pay $ 550 million, but the judge canceled it a few months later. He thought that Facebook got off relatively well with the amount.
Subsequently, the settlement proposal was increased by $ 100 million. Residents of the state could apply until the beginning of this week to claim part of the total amount of 650 million dollars.
It is uncertain how much money the more than 1.5 million Americans who have done so will receive, but it is likely to be several hundred dollars per person. A portion of $ 650 million will go to the intermediary. In addition, the judge has yet to approve the entire deal.
Without a settlement, Facebook would have to pay a minimum of $ 1,000 per violation if a judge determined that the company has indeed violated Illinois privacy law. That could cost Facebook up to $ 47 billion.