Millions of Illinois Snapchat users could benefit as final settlement hearing is scheduled for Nov. 17

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Earlier this year, two Illinois residents alleged in a lawsuit that Snapchat was violating a state privacy law by scanning and storing faceprints. On May 11, attorney James C. Vlahakis, of the Sulaiman Law Group, of suburban Lombard, filed suit in Chicago federal court against Snap Inc. The class-action lawsuit was filed on behalf of named plaintiffs Maribel Ocampo and Adrian Coss.

The 33-page complaint alleged that the Lenses feature by Snapchat violates the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.

Snapchat has agreed to pay $35 million to Illinois residents who used the app's "lenses" or "filters" features between Nov. 17, 2015, and today and the final hearing is scheduled for Nov. 17. Snap spokesperson Pete Boogaard, said:

We deeply value the privacy of our community, and Snapchat Lenses do not collect biometric data that can be used to identify a specific person or engage in facial identification. Moreover, even the limited data that is used to power Lenses are never sent to Snap's servers – the data never leaves the user's mobile device. And while we are confident that Lenses do not violate BIPA, out of an abundance of caution and as a testament to our commitment to user privacy, earlier this year we rolled out an in-app consent notice for Snapchatters in Illinois.

Individual payouts will probably range between $58 and $117. The precise amount each class member will receive is still unknown.

Recently, about 1.42 million Illinois Facebook users received settlement checks of up to $400 for collecting and storing “biometric data” without consent. Google has also agreed to pay $100 million to end the claims against them, related to face scans in the Google Photos app.

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