Snapchat Illinois Biometric Privacy Laws Violation Class Action – Estimated Pay-out $500 to $1,000
Are you an Illinois resident? Have you used Snapchat within the past 5 years?
Siri & Glimstad, a top law firm, and their affiliated firm are actively filing claims against Snapchat for capturing face and eye biometrics in violation of Illinois Biometric Privacy Laws (BIPA).
If you are a current resident of Illinois OR have lived in Illinois in the past 5 years and have used Snapchat’s filter and/or lenses features, you may be eligible to file a claim.
Siri & Glimstad lawyers represent individuals and corporations in federal and state courts nationwide.
Snapchat allegedly broke the Biometric Information Protection Act of Illinois by recording facial information of Snapchat users, including children, using its facial recognition software. This was in the form of some of the functions in Snapchat ‘s app: the lens feature and the filter feature, which use machine learning and artificial intelligence to analyze, computer and record unique facial characteristics of its users, without the proper consent.
Recording a person’s face, or their facial characteristics, can be described as unethical since a person only has one face and has it for life, whereas personally identifiable information such as social security numbers, credit card numbers, and the like are replaceable, albeit costly data to lose or to have stolen.
The law firm in this case is currently gathering the necessary documentation and information to prepare for the proceedings leading up to mass torts or class actions. The estimated payouts per person that qualifies in this case is from $500 to $1,000, although this is just a rough estimate.
To qualify, the Snapchat user should have resided in the state of Illinois at least within the last five years or must be a current resident of the state of Illinois. A home address will need to be provided to the lawyers working on this case to confirm past or current Illinois residency.
Some other examples of recent class actions include very widely publicized data breaches such as the Experian data breach in 2019. The data breach resulted in a massive, $100,000,000+ class action that affected millions of Americans whose personal data was stolen from Experian databases.
Another example is an ongoing class action against some of the top banks in the United States. The lawsuit was made due to alleged unfair business practices surrounding ATM fees for banks such as JP Morgan Chase, TD Bank, Wells Fargo, and other large conglomerate mega-banks. The settlement resulted in a $67,000,000 fund that would be split among hundreds of thousands of banking customers who claimed they were charged fees for transactions unfairly.
This case is open until May 11, 2022. Estimated payouts are in the range of $40 to $60 currently and vary based on the number of claims and amount of ATM transaction fees stated by people who fill out claims.
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Finally, one of the largest examples of a class action involves opiate producers resulting in an estimated, record $32 Billion settlement involving millions of people. Over 90% of litigating local governments have confirmed participation in the global settlements approved today by the “Big Three” drug distributors AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, and McKesson, along with opioid manufacturer Johnson & Johnson.
You must submit a claim to qualify for a potential pay-out. 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 from this link.