Payment Details and Social Media Filter Ban – NBC Chicago


Checks are coming to Facebook users across Illinois following a class action lawsuit the company has settled alleging it violated the rights of Illinois residents by collecting and storing digital scans of their faces without permission.

The distribution of $397 payments began May 9, with many Illinoisans already receiving their share this week. Others, however, are still waiting for their checks to arrive in the mail.

Facebook users in Illinois “for whom Facebook created and stored a face template after June 7, 2011” are eligible for payment, but to be eligible they must have lived in Illinois for at least six months and submitted a claim by November 23. , due 2020.

Anyone who files a claim past the date, even if they meet the other criteria, is not considered a class member and therefore will not receive payment.

While more than a million Illinois are set to receive payouts, many more users are affected by the lawsuit and the law Facebook is accused of breaking — in quite a different way.

Some augmented reality effects, including filters and avatars, are no longer available on Facebook and Instagram statewide after social media parent Meta decided to remove those features, citing privacy laws .

Meta claims its AR filters aren’t considered facial recognition under state law, but have nonetheless disabled the features in Illinois and also in Texas, where that state’s governor has sued. court action against Facebook earlier this year over facial recognition software.

“…Nevertheless, we are taking this action to prevent frivolous and distracting litigation under the laws of these two states based on a misinterpretation of how our features work,” Meta said in a statement, in part. , last week. “We remain committed to delivering augmented reality experiences that people love and that a diverse roster of creators use to grow their businesses, without unnecessary friction or confusion.”

In the Illinois lawsuit, Facebook was accused of violating the state’s biometric information privacy law, by collecting and storing biometric data — the physical characteristics — of users without their consent through features such as facial recognition technology.

Facebook changed its technology in 2019, replacing the tool with a broader facial recognition setting, which was disabled by default. The website announced that it would shut down its recognition software entirely in 2021.

Facebook denies breaking the law.

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