Facebook $725 Million Settlement
Anyone with a Facebook account at any time since May 24, 2007, can now file a claim for their share of a $725 million privacy settlement that parent company Meta has agreed to pay.
Numerous lawsuits were brought on behalf of Facebook users who allege that Facebook (now Meta Platforms, Inc.) shared or otherwise made accessible to third parties (including but not limited to third-party app developers, “whitelisted” parties, business partners, advertisers, and data brokers) user data and data about users’ friends without permission of the users whose data was shared, and did not sufficiently monitor and enforce third-party access or use of that data.
The Court did not decide in favor of any of the parties, but they have agreed to a settlement to avoid the costs and risks of a trial, and to allow members to receive payments from the settlement. Check out more details of this Facebook $725 million settlement below.
The Settlement Class includes all Facebook users in the United States between May 24, 2007, and December 22, 2022, inclusive (the “Class Period”).
You may file a claim if you were a Facebook user in the United States between May 24, 2007, and December 22, 2022, inclusive. Each Settlement Class Member may only file one claim..
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If the Settlement is approved by the Court, Meta will establish a Settlement Fund of seven hundred twenty-five million dollars ($725,000,000.00) to pay all valid claims submitted by the Settlement Class Members, as well as notice and administration expenses, any attorneys’ fees and costs, and any Service Awards for the Settlement Class Representatives.
The payout for each class member depends on how many Settlement Class Members submit valid claims and how long you were a user on Facebook during the Class Period.
First, the total amount distributed will be the Settlement Fund minus the Administrative Costs, any amount awarded by the Court as fees and costs to Class Counsel, and any Service Awards to the Settlement Class Representatives. The resulting amount is called the “Net Settlement Fund.” The Net Settlement Fund is the amount of money available to be distributed to Settlement Class Members.
Next, the Net Settlement Fund will be allocated to Settlement Class Members who submit valid claims, also called “Authorized Claimants.” The Settlement Administrator will assign each Authorized Claimant one point for each month in which the Authorized Claimant had an activated Facebook account during the Class Period.
After the deadline for submitting a claim, the Settlement Administrator will add up all the points assigned to all the Authorized Claimants and divide the Net Settlement Amount by that number. The result will be the amount of the Net Settlement Fund available for each point. Each Authorized Claimant will receive that per-point amount multiplied by the number of points they were assigned.
How to File a Claim?
Claim Forms may be submitted online or printed and mailed to the Settlement Administrator at: Facebook Consumer Privacy User Profile Litigation, c/o Settlement Administrator, 1650 Arch Street, Suite 2210, Philadelphia, PA 19103.
You may also contact the Settlement Administrator to request a Claim Form by telephone 1-855-556-2233, by email info@FacebookUserPrivacySettlement.com, or by U.S. mail at Facebook Consumer Privacy User Profile Litigation, c/o Settlement Administrator, 1650 Arch Street, Suite 2210, Philadelphia, PA 19103.
If you submit a claim by U.S. mail, the completed and signed Claim Form must be postmarked by August 25, 2023. If submitting a Claim Form online, you must do so by 11:59 p.m. PDT on August 25, 2023.
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Facebook Settlement Details
- File claim here
- Rebate: Unknown
- Proof of Purchase Required: Email, phone number, or username
- Settlement Pool: $725,000,000
- Filing Deadline: August 25, 2023
- Read Settlement Details Here