Google settles lawsuit with Illinois residents for $100M

The tech giant was accused of violating the Biometric Information Privacy Act regarding its use of a face regrouping tool in the Google Photos app.

Google used the tool to sort faces it spots in photographs by similarity. However, according to the suit, the company did not receive consent from millions of users before using the technology.

As a result, Illinois residents who appeared in a photo on the app between May 1, 2015, and April 25, 2022, may be eligible for payment

What each claimant will be paid isn't known although a similar settlement involving Facebook saw 1.6 million users receive between $200 and $400.

Payment amounts will depend on the number and validity of claims.

Snapchat was also accused on violating Illinois privacy laws in a class-action lawsuit filed last month.

It is still unclear when (or if) the case will move forward and potentially lead to a settlement.

The Google settlement was filed on April 14 in the state's Cook County Circuit Court.

The filing says Google does not admit to any wrongdoing but agrees to put measures in place to stay in compliance with Illinois privacy laws in the future.

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