Snapchat Filters Biometric Privacy Mass Arbitration
Updated: August 23, 2022
Claim Form Deadline: Pending
Estimated Payout: $500 - $1000
Proof required: Illinois Residents Only (Past or Present)
Method of payment: Check
Is There a Snapchat Class Action Settlement?
Yes! In August 2022, Snapchat settled a class action lawsuit for $35 Million. To see if you are one of the class action settlement members that qualifies to be paid as part of the $35 Million settlement fund, read our post on the Snapchat lawsuit, details on how to file a claim and sign up here.
The above mentioned Snapchat class action settlement is separate from the mass arbitration case we discuss further in this post.
What is the Snapchat Privacy Mass Arbitration?
Siri & Glimstad and their affiliated firm are actively filing claims for a potential mass arbitration against Snapchat. While there may be some reasons for not pursuing a class action, in particular due to what are known as arbitration clauses, mass arbitration is an alternative way to gather a large-scale group of consumers, users, or workers (plaintiffs) to provide for large-scale negotiating with a business such as Snapchat. A mass arbitration would start arbitration claims for a large group of users against the company at the same time.
In this case, the Attorneys at Siri & Glimstad are investigating whether Snapchat potentially violated Illinois Biometric laws by capturing and/or storing facial geometry, retina/iris, and/or voice recognition. The Illinois Biometric Privacy Laws (BIPA) is a law enacted by the State of Illinois in 2008 which regulates the collection, use, and handling of biometric identifiers and information by private companies. The BIPA covers "biometric" data, which includes the sort of information companies collect from users in their App with features such as facial recognition.
Children's Data Privacy and Snapchat
This also includes children's privacy and their biometric data. If your kids ever used Snapchat to take a filter or lens photo of themselves, the resulting payout can apply to them. The "filtered" or "lens" photos were things like bunny ears on their head, moustaches on their faces, or face modifying filters like big-eyes. These technologies allegedly use facial recognition software that does not follow the BIPA Illinois law according to privacy protection requirements for children as well. You can find the claim for kids here or below.
How Do I Qualify?
If you live in Illinois currently (or lived in Illinois in the last 5 years) and used Snapchat and have used filters in the App, you may qualify. This includes the filter feature and/or lenses feature. Anyone that qualifies may apply, as guardians or parents can sign their children up with the same qualifications (Illinois residency and Snapchat filters/lenses used). You will also need to provide your Snapchat ID.
What if I Don't Qualify?
Look for other Class Action Settlements you do qualify for and get notified of new ones as they come by subscribing to the monthly OCA newsletter to receive updates here:
What Can I Get?
The payout is estimated to be between $500 to $1,000 per individual that files a valid claim.
Facebook and Google Class Action Settlement
In April 2022, Facebook reportedly paid out $397 to over 1.5 Million residents of Illinois as part of a landmark $650 Million class action settlement in which Facebook allegedly recorded biometric data with their facial tagging and recognition functions without consent. In May 2022, Google settled a $100 Million class action relating to their Google Photos application facing similar allegations to Facebook with tagging and facial recognition without opt-in from users.
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How Do I File a Claim?
Claims are no longer being accepted for this arbitration.
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