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Illinois Facebook Users Can File Claim In Class Action Lawsuit Settlement

FILE - This March 29, 2018, file photo, shows the logo for social media giant Facebook at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York's Times Square. Facebook says it has removed a small network of fake accounts and pages that originated in China and focused on disrupting political activity in the U.S. and several other countries. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Facebook users in Illinois can now apply to collect money from a settlement as a result of a class-action lawsuit. The suit was filed over the social media platform’s collection and storing of biometric data of users in the state without their consent. As part of the 650-million-dollar settlement, claimants could be eligible for payments of between 200-to-400 dollars, depending on the number of valid claims filed. Those covered by the settlement include Facebook users in Illinois who Facebook created and stored a face template after June 7th of 2011. Claimants must be a resident of the state for at least 183 days to be eligible and claims must be filed by November 23rd.

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