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Millions of Facebook users pass on US$650M privacy jackpot

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Millions of Facebook users pass on US$650M privacy jackpot

Facebook Inc. will be making payouts to only about a quarter of the six million Illinois residents eligible for the biggest consumer privacy settlement in U.S. history. Based on a tally filed in court after Monday’s claims deadline, some 1.57 million people will probably pocket more than US$300 each -- after about a third of the US$650 million settlement fund is set aside for their attorneys and administrative costs -- from a lawsuit in which the social network was accused of collecting biometric images from its photo-tagging feature without consent.

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