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Google's $100 Million Settlement: There's Still Time to See if You're Eligible for a Check - CNET

Last updated Monday, August 29, 2022 16:25 ET , Source: NewsService

Did your face appear in a picture stored on Google Photos? If so, you may be eligible for a portion of a $100 million class-action settlement. However, time is running short to file a claim. The search giant is the latest corporation to run afoul of Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act, which requires companies that use facial recognition programs, fingerprint scans and other biometric tools on Illinois residents to receive informed consent.

Plaintiffs in Rivera, et al. v. Google argue that the law is violated when Google Photos collects, stores and organizes pictures of residents as part of its Face Grouping feature "without proper notice and consent."

Though the company denied any wrongdoing, it agreed to a $100 million settlement in May (PDF). But eligible claimants have only a few weeks left to file a claim for their part of the payout.

Here's what you need to know about the Google Photo biometric privacy case, including who's eligible for a payment, how much you could receive and when you might receive your money.

For more on class-action settlements, find out if you're eligible for money from Capital One's $190 million payout, SnapChat's $35 million biometric-data case or T-Mobile's $350 million data-breach settlement.

What's Google accused of in the class-action lawsuit?

Google Photos' Face Grouping tool lets users organize images of the same person via facial recognition algorithms.

But the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, or BIPA, requires...

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