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Facebook Settlement May Trigger More Privacy Laws

Facebook’s current $550 million settlement of a class-motion lawsuit in Illinois about alleged privateness violations might direct to a wave of privateness legislation across the country.

The premier-ever income settlement resolving a privateness-related issue will build a fund to be shared by Illinois Facebook customers. In the situation, Patel v. Facebook Inc., plaintiffs alleged that the social media big violated the state’s Biometric Data Privacy Act (BIPA) by its use of facial recognition software with no users’ consent.

Michael Canty, a companion at legislation company Labaton Sucharow who served as plaintiffs’ co-direct counsel, predicts that the settlement will be

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