Meta reaches $37.5 million settlement of Facebook location tracking lawsuit

A lawsuit filed by Meta Platforms Inc. against Facebook's parent company for

allegedly violating users' privacy by secretly following their movements on their smartphones was settled for $37.5 million.

It addressed concerns that Facebook had gathered information from users whose mobile devices had Location Services disabled,

in violation of both California law and its own privacy policy.

Users said that despite not wanting to share their whereabouts with Facebook,

the firm nonetheless deduced their locations based on their IP (internet protocol) addresses and

sent them customised advertisements.

In accepting the settlement, Meta denied any wrongdoing.

When contacted for comment on Tuesday, it did not react right away.

In November 2018, the lawsuit was launched.

According to settlement papers, plaintiffs' attorneys may ask for up to 30% of the Monday deal as legal expenses.