(Last Updated On: August 20, 2020)

Facebook has won preliminary approval from a federal court for settlement of a lawsuit that says that the company has been collecting and storing biometric data of users without their consent.

In an order that had been filed by Judge James Donato in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, the revised settlement agreement had resolved the court’s concerns, which led to preliminary approval of the class action settlement 

“Preliminary approval of the amended stipulation of class action settlement, Dkt. No. 468, is granted, and a final approval hearing is set for January 7, 2021,” he added.

The lawsuit which had been filed in 2015 said that the social networking giant had supposedly breached the state law using its “Tag Suggestions” feature, which let users find their friends from pictures that had been uploaded before.

A year ago, Facebook had agreed to pay a $5 billion fine in order to settle a Federal Trade Commission data privacy probe.

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