Facebook Wins Preliminary Approval To Settle Biometric Privacy Claims With $887 Million


SAN FRANCISCO (BLOOMBERG) - Facebook won preliminary approval from a judge for a $650 million (S$887.8 million) settlement to resolve claims by users that the company illegally gathered biometric data through a photo-tagging tool.

US District Judge James Donato gave initial approval to the accord Wednesday, after Facebook had sweetened the compensation by $100 million in July.

A final approval hearing is scheduled for Jan 7.