Today is the final day to file a claim in a class action lawsuit file against Google. The search giant agreed to a $100 million settlement earlier this year, and Illinois residents whose likenesses appeared in a Google Photos album for the past seven years could be eligible for up to $400.
The plaintiffs in Rivera, et al. v. Google argue that Google Photos collects, stores and organizes pictures as part of its Face Grouping feature "without proper notice and consent," a violation of Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act. The 2008 state law requires companies that use facial recognition programs, fingerprint scans and other biometric tools on Illinois residents to get informed consent.
Google, which has denied any wrongdoing, agreed to the multimillion-dollar payout in May.
Eligible Illinois residents could get as much as $400, according to the plaintiffs' attorneys, but the last day to file a claim is Sept. 24. On Sept. 28, a final court hearing will determine whether the settlement and associated legal fees are "fair, reasonable, and adequate" before any payments are issued.
Here's what you need to know about the Google Photo biometric privacy case, including who's eligible for a payment, how much they could receive and when they 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.
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