SnapChat Filters Biometric Privacy Class Action Lawsuit

Snapchat Filters Biometric Privacy Class Action Lawsuit

Updated: June 6, 2022

Claim Form Deadline: Pending

Estimated Payout: $500 - $1000

Proof required: Illinois Residents Only (Past or Present)

Method of payment: Cash

What's This About?

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.

What's the Snapchat Class Action?

Siri & Glimstad and their affiliated firm are actively filing claims against Snapchat for capturing face and eye biometrics in violation of the Illinois Biometric Privacy Laws (BIPA). The 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.

This also includes your 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?

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What Can I Get?

The payout is estimated to be from $500 to $1,000 per individual that files a valid claim.

How Do I File a Claim?

You must submit a claim to qualify for a potential payout. The administrator will review your submission and if you qualify, will send you a confirmation engagement letter. Once you electronically sign the engagement letter, Siri & Glimstad and their affiliated firm will file a claim on your behalf against Snapchat. You can submit a claim form for yourself or for your children below.

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