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Saturday last day to submit the claim for the $100M Google Photos settlement

Saturday is the last day for Illinois residents to claim a cut of $100 million Google photos privacy settlement: Illinois residents have until Saturday to submit claims for their cut of a $100 class action settlement reached this spring in a lawsuit against Google over alleged violations of the state bio matric privacy law. Anyone who appeared in a photo on Google photos between May 2015 1st ad 25th April 2022 while they were an Illinois resident is eligible to submit a claim and can do so on the settlement website or by mail.

Attorneys estimate class members will receive between $200 and 400$ each though the exact payment amount will depend on how many people submit claims. The lawsuit alleges Google face grouping tool, which sorts faces on Google photos, similarly violates the state biometric privacy law. The law known as the Illinois biometric information privacy act requires companies to get users’ consent for the use of such technology.

A final approval hearing in the case is scheduled for Wednesday before cook county circuit judge Anna M.Loftus, who granted preliminary approval of the settlement agreement this spring If the settlement is approved, the client could receive their cash within 90days of the approval through any appeal would slow the process down. Google did not admit wrongdoing as part of the settlement.

In April company spokesperson said the company would roll out opt-in consent to face grouping in Illinois and more gradually across the U.S. He confirmed Friday that opt-in consent had been fully rolled out in Illinois. Google photos settlement resolves a group of lawsuits filed by five named plaintiffs, the first of which was filed in 2016 in the U.S. district court for the northern district of Illinois. Two plaintiffs filed suit in state court in 2019 after the judge found they lacked standing to sue in federal court.

Each of the five named plaintiffs is eligible for payments of $5000. Their attorney can apply for up to 40 million in fees plus costs and expenses to be paid out of the settlement fund.

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