Illinois residents are likely aware of a privacy law in the state that was the source of checks worth hundreds of dollars for many Facebook users in the state.
Now, that same law is driving a number of other potential settlements, and more checks may be coming soon.
Illinois Biometric Privacy Law prohibits private sector companies and institutions from collecting biometric data from unsuspecting citizens in the state or online, regardless of where the company is based. Data cannot be sold, transferred or exchanged. Unlike any other state, citizens can sue for alleged violations, which has sparked hundreds of David and Goliath legal battles against some of the world’s most powerful corporations.
If a company is found to have violated Illinois law, citizens can collect civil penalties of up to $5,000 per violation, compounded by the number of people affected and the days involved. No state regulatory agency is involved in enforcement.
Since BIPA is an Illinois law, it only applies to residents of the state.
Here’s a look at some of the settlements reached so far under the law in Illinois:
Earlier this year, more than one million Facebook users in Illinois began receiving checks following a $650 million class action settlement alleging it violated the rights of residents by collecting and storing digital scans of their faces without permission.
Distribution of the $397 payments began on May 9.
Facebook users in Illinois “for whom Facebook created and stored a face template after June 7, 2011” were eligible for payment, but to be eligible they must have lived in Illinois for at least six months and submitted a claim by November 23. , due 2020.
Another lawsuit, mirroring the one settled with Facebook, claimed that Google violated Illinois’ biometric information privacy law by “collecting and storing biometric data from individuals who, while residing in the ‘Illinois, appeared in a photo on the photo-sharing and storage service known as Google Photos, without notice or consent.”
A settlement agreement was reached in the case earlier this year and now eligible residents can file their claims.
According to the settlement’s website, residents are eligible “if at any time between May 1, 2015 and April 25, 2022 you appeared in a photo in Google Photos while a resident of Illinois.”
Eligible residents can submit a claim until September 24. All claims must be submitted by this date to be eligible for payment.
A final approval hearing is scheduled for September 28.
Those wishing to submit a complaint may do so here.
Most recently, an Illinois federal judge granted final approval for a $92 million class action settlement between social media network TikTok and users of the platform, with Illinois residents to receive the largest part of the payment due to BIPA.
According to lawyers, TikTok users who created the videos before September 30, 2021 were eligible to be part of the class action.
Two separate classes of plaintiffs were created, one consisting of nationwide users and a second class consisting of Illinois-based users only.
The deadlines for the trial have already passed, according to the lawyers. People who wanted to file a claim form to be part of the class action had to do so by March 1, 2022.
As a result of BIPA, Illinois residents who are part of the class action will receive the same share as other US residents, but will also receive five additional shares each, increasing their payout.
The official number of class action participants has not yet been announced, and therefore it is unclear how much Illinois residents can expect.
The social media company has agreed to a $35 million settlement in an Illinois class action lawsuit.
Any Illinois resident who used Snapchat lenses or filters between November 17, 2015 and is now eligible to submit a claim. The deadline for eligible residents to submit claims is currently November 5, according to a website dedicated to the rules.
- Click on here to file a complaint.
The lawsuit accused the social network of violating BIPA by illegally collecting users’ biometric information without their consent, according to court documents. It was filed in May in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
The settlement amount still has to go through a final approval hearing, scheduled for November.
Earlier this year, more than one million Facebook users in Illinois began receiving checks following a $650 million class action settlement alleging it violated the rights of residents by collecting and storing digital scans of their faces without permission. Microsoft, Amazon and Google are among the companies that have also been accused of violations.