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Judge approves $650m settlement of privacy lawsuit against Facebook

Nearly 1.6m Facebook users to receive at least $345 after network allegedly used face photo-tagging without permission

A federal judge has approved a $650m settlement of a privacy lawsuit against Facebook for allegedly using photo face-tagging and other biometric data without the permission of its users.

US district judge James Donato approved the deal in a class-action lawsuit that was filed in Illinois in 2015. Nearly 1.6 million Facebook users in Illinois who submitted claims will be affected.

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