Meta reached a $37.5 Million settlement in a class-action location privacy lawsuit on Monday but denied wrongdoing as part of the deal.
The class-action lawsuit, which was originally brought against the tech giant in November 2018, claims Facebook was harvesting user location data by tracking their movements without their permission.
Even if users declined to be tracked by the app or turned off tracking, Facebook was still able to track users with their IP addresses and send them targeted ads, according to the lawsuit.
For example, the lawsuit claimed users who dined at particular restaurants received posts from friends who also ate there or ads from businesses nearby. The suit alleged this violated California laws on data tracking.
The settlement was filed in federal court in California on Monday and still requires approval from a judge.
Meta has been under increased scrutiny in recent months, with the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice suing the company in recent months over antitrust concerns
Meta did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Daily Dot.
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*First Published: Aug 23, 2022, 1:44 pm CDT
Jacob Seitz is a freelance journalist originally from Columbus, Ohio, interested in the intersection of culture and politics.