Facebook’s parent company, Meta, is going through another settlement case where money could be in your name. This time, the social media giant is facing $37.5 million for improperly tracking Facebook users’ locations.
The company reached a different settlement earlier this year that totaled $725 million after numerous lawsuits accusing the social media giant of violating the privacy of its users. Let’s discuss what caused the settlement and see if you are eligible to receive money.
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What did Meta do to receive this settlement?
Meta faced a major lawsuit in federal court in San Francisco, claiming the company improperly tracked the locations of Facebook users without their consent. The lawsuit said that even if a Facebook user disabled their location on their iOS or Android device, Facebook would still track their IP addresses. Although the company denied any wrongdoing, it still agreed to pay $37.5 million, which will go directly into the pockets of Facebook users who were improperly tracked within the timelines mentioned in the lawsuit.
Settlement Approval and Potential Implications
The settlement must still be approved by the court, and if approved, Meta will be obligated to pay all valid claims submitted by members of the settlement class. However, if the court finds that too many claims are made to allow Meta to distribute the money, then the money will instead be donated to court-chosen nonprofits.
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Could I owe the money?
Yes, you could definitely be owed money from this settlement. This includes anyone living in the United States who used Facebook between January 30, 2015 and April 18, 2018 and had their iOS or Android location services settings turned off for the Facebook app at any time during that time. this period.
How am I paid?
To get paid, you must file and submit a claim stating that you lived in the United States, had a Facebook account, and had your location services turned off during the dates listed above. You have until August 11, 2023, 11:59 a.m. Pacific Standard Time to submit the claim, and the court is due to render a final decision on October 19, 2023.
If you know you might be eligible, but don’t want to be part of this settlement, you can object until October 5, 2023.
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Meta’s response to the $37.5 million settlement
We have contacted Meta, Facebook’s parent company, regarding the $37.5 million settlement. Here is a statement we received from their spokesperson in response.
“We have sought settlement because it is in the best interest of our community and our shareholders. Over the past three years, we have revamped our approach to privacy and implemented a comprehensive privacy program. We look forward to continue to build services people love and trust with privacy at the forefront.” – Meta spokesperson.
Kurt’s main takeaways
Meta’s latest settlement case adds to the growing list of legal battles the company has faced, this time forcing them to pay up to $37.5 million to improperly track users’ locations. Facebook. If you were affected, you could be eligible for a piece of the settlement pie. It’s disappointing that Meta is being accused of invading people’s privacy, and it’s even more concerning that this isn’t the first time the company has had to pay a settlement for the same issue. I hope the market will evolve to hold big tech companies more meaningfully accountable for protecting our privacy and its invasive data tracking.
DOES FACEBOOK LISTEN TO YOU?
According to their Privacy Progress update on their site, Meta aims to evolve its culture, operations and technical systems to prioritize privacy and meet user expectations. I also want to teleport by snapping my fingers, but that doesn’t mean much either until I do.
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