Have you used Facebook in the United States in the last 16 years? You may be one of tens of millions of users who can file a claim for compensation from the largest social network.
Current or former Facebook users can now file for damages as part of a $725 million settlement reached in a lawsuit alleging the Meta-owned company shared user data without their consent.
The news broke in 2018 when the company Cambridge Analytica took data from up to 87 million Facebook users through a personality quiz app. This led to lawsuits in several cases — all of which were brought together in the US District Court for the Northern District of California in 2018. All concerned the company's data privacy practices. The plaintiffs alleged that Facebook gave third parties access to users' content and information without their consent. Meta denied any wrongdoing but agreed to the settlement in December to avoid the costs and risks of continuing the case.
The deal received a preliminary approval from a federal judge in late March, and a final approval hearing is set for September.
In December, Keller Rohrback, one of the law firms representing the plaintiffs, called the settlement "the largest ever settlement in a privacy class action in the United States." Meta said the settlement was "in the best interest of our community and our shareholders" and that the company "has renewed its approach to privacy."
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