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Judge Considering New Settlement

SOCIAL NETWORKING—U.S.

November 19, 2012

Reuters reports on U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg’s consideration of Facebook's second attempt to settle allegations of privacy rights violations. Seeborg rejected a proposed class-action settlement related to Facebook’s “Sponsored Stories” earlier this year and promised a ruling "very shortly" on a revised proposal that would allow users to claim cash payments of $10 from a $20 million settlement fund, with remaining funds going to charity, the report states. In court Thursday, a Facebook attorney said the settlement provided “meaningful protections,” adding the judge should “ensure a fair settlement—not write national privacy policy,” the report states. “Trust me, I'm not proposing to set grand policy with privacy issues writ large,” Seeborg said.
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