BIPA Settlements Paying Millions to Consumers
Please note we are not the claims administrator and do not have updates for people on individual claims. The settlement websites are the best source of up-to-date information on claims.
What is BIPA? BIPA stands for Biometric Information Privacy Act, and in Illinois the statute is 740 ILCS 14/1, but who cares? Well consumers should since settlements alleging businesses violated the BIPA are currently paying out hundreds of millions of dollars. By 2024, we expect billions to be paid out across the U.S. from BIPA driven allegations.
Illinois is not the only state to pass biometric protection legislation; Texas, and Washington along with a few cities like Baltimore, Portland, and New York have passed laws that regulate the use of biometrics. Many other states are reviewing legislation and we expect the trend to continue. Even stronger data privacy laws enacted in California, Colorado, and Virginia will now treat biometrics as sensitive data and in some cases require special opt-outs, or consent to be given.
Now, biometric information is a merky term to define, but generally speaking refers to biometric identifiers such as a retina or iris scan, fingerprint, voiceprint, or scan of hand or face geometry. Many companies have collected this information for years and personally I had jobs in high school where I would clock in and out for my shift using a hand scanner. Additionally, as technology has boomed, apps like Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Snapchat and others have collected biometric identifiers to tag or categorize photos. This type of biometric harvesting has even allegedly taken place on websites like RayBans, Ulta Beauty and Target where people can try on sunglasses or make up by uploading a picture.
CCC is on top of BIPA laws and are excited to continue helping people participate in these settlements since they are all a little different. We are currently helping folks file a claim in the Google Photos BIPA Settlement and Snapchat BIPA Settlement where Illinois residents that used those applications may qualify for a payment. Below you can find more details on eligibility and sign up to have CCC help you file a claim in the Google BIPA Settlement or Snapchat BIPA Settlement.
How do I qualify for the Google Photos BIPA Settlement?
The Court has decided that you are a Class Member in this Settlement if, at any time between May 1, 2015 and April 25, 2022, you appeared in a photograph in Google Photos while you were an Illinois resident. For a list of excluded folks please see question 5 of the FAQ section of the settlement website: https://www.googlebipasettlement.com/faqs/
How do I qualify for the Snapchat BIPA Settlement?
You must be an Illinois resident who used Lenses or Filters offered by Snap between
November 17, 2015 and the present (the “Class Period”). For a list of excluded folks please see question 5 of the FAQ section of the settlement website: https://www.snapillinoisbipasettlement.com/faqs