Google Settles $100 Million Illinois Lawsuit Over Photo App Privacy Issues

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ROCKFORD, Illinois. Illinois residents are eligible for a portion of $100 million class action lawsuit after Google was accused of violating privacy laws in the state.

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The tech giant was accused of violating Biometric Privacy Law regarding his use of the face rearrangement tool in the Google Photos app.

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Google used this tool to sort faces in photos by similarity. However, according to the lawsuit, the company did not obtain the consent of millions of users before using the technology.

As a result, Illinois residents who appeared in an app photo between May 1, 2015 and April 25, 2022 may be eligible for payment.

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How much each claimant will be paid is unknown, although a similar settlement involving Facebook saw 1.6 million users get between $200 and $400. The amount of payments will depend on the number and validity of claims.

Snapchat has also been accused of violating Illinois privacy laws in a class action lawsuit. filed last month. It is still unclear when (and if) the case will move forward and potentially lead to a settlement.

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The settlement agreement with Google was filed April 14 in Cook District Court. The document states that Google admits no wrongdoing but agrees to take steps to comply with Illinois privacy laws going forward.

“Respondent will develop, publish, and comply with a retention policy that requires it to delete face models or face templates associated with Google Photos user accounts,” the agreement states.

Google also undertakes not to sell, rent or trade face templates or face models to third parties and will store, transfer and protect face templates or face models from disclosure using security measures that are as secure as those it uses. to protect your data. other confidential information.

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Payments are expected to be sent 90 days after the settlement is approved. A confirmation hearing is scheduled for September 28.

Illinois residents can sue here.

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