Snap agrees to pay $35 million for illegal collection of user data in the US
Snap, the parent company of photo-sharing platform Snapchat, has reached a $35 million settlement with the state of Illinois in the US in a class action lawsuit over unlawful data collection users.
The lawsuit alleged that Snapchat’s filters and lenses violated the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).
The company stored “biometric data without users’ consent,” reports the Chicago Tribune.
People who used lenses and filters from Nov. 17, 2015, through today are eligible for a settlement reduction, “estimated at between $58 and $117,” according to the report Tuesday night.
State law requires companies to tell people in writing why their biometric data is being collected and how long it will be retained.
A company spokesperson, however, said Snapchat lenses “do not collect biometric data that can be used to identify a specific person or to perform facial identification.”
“While we are confident that Lenses do not violate BIPA, out of an abundance of caution and as a testament to our commitment to user privacy, earlier this year we rolled out an in-app consent notice for Snapchatters in the app. ‘Illinois,” the spokesperson said. quoted as saying.
Meanwhile, a federal judge in Illinois on Tuesday approved a $92 million class action settlement between the short-form Chinese video app TikTok and users of the platform.
The lawsuit was filed over allegations that TikTok violated both federal law and Illinois biometric information privacy law.
In June, Google agreed to pay $100 million for a face-grouping feature in Google Photos that allegedly violated BIPA.
In 2021, Facebook agreed to pay $650 million to settle a similar BIPA class action lawsuit.
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