In November 2007, Facebook launched its “Beacon” program, which automatically updated a member’s personal profile to reflect actions the member had taken on websites that had contracted with Facebook to participate in the program.  For example, if a member purchased a product from a particular vendor, the vendor would transmit information about the purchase to Facebook, and Facebook would broadcast that information to the member’s on-line network.  Various members sued, objecting that the Beacon program constituted an invasion of privacy.  The parties reached a settlement whereby Facebook would terminate the Beacon program, and pay a total of $9.5 million.  Of that sum, $3 million would be paid to plaintiffs’ attorneys and the remaining $6.5 million would fund a new charity to support programs concerning consumer privacy.  The charity’s board of advisors included counsel for the plaintiff class and Facebook, and a Facebook employee was to be a director.  The district court upheld the settlement, and the Ninth Circuit affirmed.  Lane v. Facebook, Inc., 696 F.3d 811 (9th Cir. 2012) (No. 10-16380).  The court found the settlement to be fair, reasonable, and free of collusion.  As to the cy pres remedy, the court rejected the objection that a Facebook employee would serve on the charity’s board of directors, creating a conflict of interest.  The Ninth Circuit found the cy pres recipient need not be ideal, only that the distribution bear a substantial nexus to the interests of class members.  In this case, the proposed charity met the standard, and the presence of a Facebook employee on the board of directors reflected “the unremarkable result of the parties’ give and take negotiations,” which the district court declined to undermine.  The court also rejected the objection that the settlement was insufficient.  The court’s acceptance of the settlement amount was not an abuse of discretion in light of the risks plaintiffs faced.