Snapchat lawsuit To A $35 Million Settlement In Illinois Privacy

November 25, 2022
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Snapchat lawsuit Snapchat’s parent company, reached a $35 Million Settlement in an Illinois class action lawsuit. The suit claims that Snapchat’s lenses and filters violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).

This is a strong state measure that has been a major problem for tech companies in recent times.

Snapchat lawsuit: Chicago Tribune first reported the news

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Snapchat users from Illinois may be eligible for a portion of the settlement if they used the app’s filters and lenses between November 17, 2015, and the present. According to TheChicago Tribune, individual payouts will range from $58 to $117.

Users who believe they might be eligible for a settlement can submit an online claim. However, the final approval hearing will take place in November.

Snap’s spokesperson told TechCrunch via email that Lenses does not violate BIPA. He also noted that Lenses do not collect biometric data that could be used to identify an individual.

Snapchat lawsuit: Centralfallout was provided the following statement by the spokesperson

Snap continues to deny that Lenses are in violation of BIPA. This law was intended to require consent and notice before collecting biometric data used to identify individuals.

Snapchat Lenses are not designed to collect biometric data that could be used to identify an individual or engage in facial recognition.

We value privacy and Snapchat Lenses don’t do so. Lenses can identify an eye and a nose, but not a person. Snap never has access to the limited data used to power Lenses.

The data is only accessible from the device of the user. We are confident that Lenses don’t violate BIPA. However, we have also created an in-app consent notice to Snapchatters in Illinois earlier in the year.

Other tech giants, such as Google, TikTok, and Facebook, have been caught in the Illinois privacy law. A federal judge in Illinois approved the final approval of a TikTok class action lawsuit settlement worth $92 million.

According to the lawsuit, TikTok illegally collected biometric data from users and shared it with third parties.

Snapchat lawsuit: This violated both federal and Illinois law

Google paid $100 million earlier this year to settle a lawsuit brought by Illinois residents over Google Photos‘ facial recognition feature.

The suit claimed that Google Photos’ Face Grouping feature violated BIPA. Facebook was fined $650 million last year for violating BIPA.

The suit alleged that Facebook’s practice to tag people in photos with facial recognition without their consent was against state law.

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