The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California approved on Aug. 26 the establishment of a US$20 million fund for people whose personal information was allegedly used without permission in "sponsored stories," an advertising product that draws on items people have indicated they "Like" on the site.
Facebook will pay $15 each to users who submitted valid claims and were part of the class-action suit, filed in 2011. The settlement also called on Facebook to makes changes to its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities to give users clearer guidelines on how their information is used in sponsored stories.
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