SNAPCHAT has reached a $35 million settlement with users who have accused the company of wrongfully collecting biometric data.
Snapchat’s iconic filters, dubbed Lenses, apply facial recognition technology that the plaintiffs say has overstepped users’ protections.
Any Illinois resident who used Snapchat Lenses or Filters between November 17, 2015 and now is eligible to make a claim.
The deadline for eligible Illinois residents to file their claims is currently November 5, 2022, according to a website dedicated to the settlement.
Individual billing amounts have not yet been determined.
It is dependent on how many people file a claim and are approved to receive settlement funds from the $35 million.
The lawsuit was born out of allegations that Snapchat violated Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).
BIPA states that companies are responsible for obtaining user consent to collect biometric data and then destroying biometric data after it has served its purpose.
Snapchat admitted no fault in the settlement.
“While we are confident that Lenses are not in violation of BIPA, out of caution and as a demonstration of our commitment to user privacy, we introduced an in-app consent notice for Snapchatters in Illinois earlier this year,” a Snapchat spokesperson said NBC Chicago.
“We value the privacy of our community and Snapchat Lenses does not collect biometric data that can be used to identify a specific person or for facial recognition.”
Facebook and Google have both reached massive settlements after being accused of violating BIPA laws.
Illinois residents who settled with Facebook received checks worth $397 two years after submitting successful applications.
A final court hearing to resolve the Snapchat case will take place on November 17th.
The hearing will decide whether the settlement is “fair, reasonable and reasonable”.
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