GOOGLE has agreed to pay users $100m/£80m after they were accused of inserting people’s faces into a recognition tool without asking permission.
The company’s Photos app recognizes faces and groups them together, making it easier to find shots of the same person.
But the tech giant allegedly broke a law in Illinois.
The lawsuit alleges that Google failed to obtain consent from millions of people in violation of the state’s Biometric Information Protection Act.
The company then agreed to pay a severance payment.
It’s not clear how much each person can claim, but only those in Illinois are eligible.
The actual amount of money a person receives depends on the number of valid claims, lawyers said.
Compensation is available to anyone in the state who appeared in the photo app between May 1, 2015 and April 25, 2022.
Eligible applicants can apply via their own website until September 24th.
Through the settlement, Google is not admitting wrongdoing and the court never had to decide who was right or wrong.
The company will “develop, publish, and adhere to a retention policy that commits to deleting any face models or face templates associated with Google Photos users’ accounts,” according to the official filing.
Google isn’t the only tech giant paying severance lately.
Last month, Apple agreed to a $20m/£16m payout over a botched iOS update.
The case has raged since 2015, when a group claimed iOS 9 slowed down their iPhone 4S phones so much they had to buy new phones.
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