Summary of the Meta Tracking Technology Class Actions Settlement:
- WHO: Meta Platforms Inc. has agreed to a collective bargaining agreement with a class of Facebook users.
- Why: The settlement was made to resolve claims that Meta violated the privacy of Facebook users with its location-tracking technology.
- Where: The class action was filed in California federal court.
Meta Platforms Inc. has agreed to pay $37.5 million to settle claims that it violated Facebook users’ privacy with its location-tracking technology.
Facebook users asked a federal judge in California on Monday to sign off on the class-action settlement, which requires the funds to be distributed to class members on a pro rata basis.
Facebook users argued that Meta used the location data it collected to benefit its targeted advertising campaigns.
The Meta settlement will benefit individuals who used Facebook in the US between January 30, 2015 and April 18, 2018, and whose location data was collected by Facebook regardless of whether they turned off their location services for the Facebook app.
Facebook users speculate that the deal could have as many as 70 million suitors
The lead plaintiffs in the class action have speculated that the number of eligible claimants could reach as many as 70 million consumers.
“Assuming a class size of approximately 70 million users, the settlement amount represents 53% of what plaintiffs could have recovered under a nominal damages theory based on a $1 judgment per class member,” Facebook users said. , in their motion for preliminary approval.
Meta previously attempted to dismiss the class action, at which time the Facebook users amended the complaint to include a breach of contract claim, Law360 reports.
In 2020, a federal judge in California dismissed a pair of complaints arguing that Facebook had violated the law by claiming that tracking the mobile location data of its users without their consent.
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The plaintiffs are represented by Sabita J. Soneji of Tycko & Zavareei LLP, Barrett J. Vahle and Jillian R. Dent of Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP, Franklin D. Azar, Paul R. Wood and Michael D. Murphy of Franklin D. Azar & Associates PC , and Ivy T. Ngo of Roche Freedman LLP.
of Meta Tracking Technology Class Action Lawsuit it’s Lundy, etc. c. Meta Platforms Inc.Issue no. 3:18-cv-06793, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
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