A settlement has been reached in a class-action lawsuit that will cost Snapchat’s parent company millions of dollars.
According to snapillinoisbipasettlement.com, Snapchat has agreed to pay $35 million to Illinois residents who used the app’s “lenses” or “filters” features between Nov. 17, 2015 and today.
The lawsuit – known as “Boone, et al. v. Snap Inc.” – accuses Snapchat of collecting “biometric data” without their consent, a violation of the Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act, or BIPA.
Residents wishing to receive part of the settlement must submit a claim by Nov. 5. Claims can be filed at snapillinoisbipasettlement.com.
At the heart of the issue is Snapchat’s photo filter feature. Each time a user takes a selfie or uses a filter, that person’s facial features are scanned.
How do I know if I’m eligible for a payment from the Snap lawsuit?
If you are unsure if you qualify for a payment from the Snapchat lawsuit, you can ask for free help by emailing the Settlement Administrator at Info@snapillinoisbipasettlement.com – or call 1-844-939-4343.
A final court hearing on the settlement of the Snapchat case is scheduled for Nov. 17.
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Google settled similar lawsuit for $100 million
Google also was accused of violating the Biometric Information Privacy Act regarding its use of a face regrouping tool in the Google Photos app. In June, the tech giant settled a class-action lawsuit for $100 million.
Google used the tool to sort faces it spots in photographs by similarity. However, according to the suit, the company did not receive consent from millions of users before using the technology.
As a result, Illinois residents who appeared in a photo on the app between May 1, 2015, and April 25, 2022, may be eligible for payment, as well.
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