What Is This Settlement About?

The Plaintiffs claim that Google violated BIPA by obtaining, collecting, and storing, without adequate prior notice and consent, Illinois residents’ biometrics, which Google allegedly used to group photographs of similar faces that have been uploaded by the same Google Photos user, a feature called Face Grouping. Google denies all claims made in the action and any wrongdoing whatsoever, including that it collected or stored biometrics without proper notice and consent, and that it violated Illinois law or any other law. A $100 million settlement has been reached with Google and by entering into the Settlement, Google is not admitting that it did anything wrong.

Who qualifies?

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. This includes people who appear in a photo but do not have a google photo account themselves. Per the court documents, at least 1.4 million Illinois users are estimated to have uploaded a photo of themselves to Google Photos, although the Class size will be greater than this, including because the Class include Illinois residents who appeared in photos in Google Photos, but who are not Google Photos users.


What Does the Settlement Provide?


Monetary Damages: After attorney fees and administrative costs, the net proceeds of $60,000,000 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 $200 and $400; however, the actual cash amount will vary depending on how many people file a claim. The class is defined as all people in a photo uploaded to Google Photos, but that could include twenty people in a baseball team picture uploaded by one person to their account. In this case, the class is extremely large and the amount per person can be as low as $20 or less.

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