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Meta tracking user location defendant agrees to $37.5 million settlement
Meta company has not obtained user permission to collect user mobile data through smart phones, violated user privacy, suffered a class action, Meta has reached an agreement and agreed to settle for 37.5 million US dollars. A preliminary settlement has been submitted to federal court in San Francisco and requires a judge's permission.
Meta collects data even when users turn off Location Services on their mobile devices, a practice that violates California law. Users pointed out that while they were reluctant to share location information with Facebook, Facebook used IP addresses to infer user locations and then send targeted ads to users.
The settlement reached on Monday mainly covers Americans who used Facebook after January 30, 2015. In June 2018, Zuckerberg said in a speech to Congress that the company would use location information to help advertisers reach users in specific areas.
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