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Snapchat BIPA


What Is this settlement about?

Plaintiffs filed a class action complaint alleging that Snap Inc. (the makers of Snapchat) violated Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”), based on the Defendant allegedly collecting and storing biometric data through the use of the “Lenses” and “Filters” offered by Snapchat. Although Snapchat has offered filters for years, attorneys fought hard to ensure a settlement, and ultimately Snapchat did not admit any fault but will pay $35,000,000 to app users.


Who qualifies?

To qualify you must have been or currently are an Illinois resident who used Lenses or Filters offered by Snapchat between November 17, 2015, and the present. According to Settlement documents, there are roughly 4,000,000 people identified as class members. However, not everyone will file a claim.


What does the settlement provide?

Monetary Damages: After attorney fees and administrative costs, the net proceeds of $23,000,000 will be distributed to eligible people who file a claim on time. Class Counsel estimates that the amount of each valid claim will be between $58 and $117; however, the actual cash amount will vary depending on how many people file a claim. In order to better project the claim filing rate we can apply previous rates in BIPA settlements in Illinois like the Facebook and Google BIPA cases where roughly 20% of the class filed a claim. If that were to occur in the Snapchat case then 800,000 claims would be filed and the payout per person would be $28.75.


Note that CCC is not a claims administrator, nor can we provide any information on the status of claims. Please do not reach out with questions about a specific claim.


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