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Snapchat: What was the $35m class motion lawsuit payout in Illinois for?

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Snapchat has reached a $35m class motion lawsuit deal over claims it used lenses and filters to gather the biometric data of users.

The social media platform denies any wrongdoing within the case brought against it in Illinois but decided to settle the litigation before it went to trial.

People qualify for a payout in the event that they were a Snapchat user in Illinois who used the app features “Lenses” and “Filters” between 17 November 2015, and the current.

Individual settlement amounts will rely upon how many individuals submit a claim and are approved to receive settlement money out of the $35 million pot.

People must submit a claim form by 5 November 2022 to qualify for a payment, which have to be approved by the Settlement Administrator.

The shape could be submitted online, or be downloaded and mailed to the Settlement Administrator.

Snapchat was accused of violating the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act by allegedly collecting voiceprints and scans of facial geometry.

The case was filed in May within the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

The state’s Biometric Privacy Act bans private sector firms and institutions from collecting biometric data from unsuspecting residents within the state or online, regardless of where the corporate relies.

In one other case, a couple of million Facebook users in Illinois received checks following a $650m class motion settlement that alleged the corporate collected and stored digital scans of faces without permission.

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