Illinois Residents Begin Receiving Payments from $68.5 Million Instagram Class-Action Lawsuit

Illinois Residents Begin Receiving Payments from $68.5 Million Instagram Class-Action Lawsuit

Illinois residents receive $32.56 each from a $68.5 million class-action lawsuit against Instagram for biometric data collection. Learn more about the case and its implications.

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Residents in Illinois who filed a claim in the $68.5 million class-action lawsuit against Instagram have begun receiving their payments.

The lawsuit, which alleged that various Instagram features collected biometric data, marks a significant enforcement of Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).

Background of the Lawsuit

The class-action lawsuit claimed that Instagram’s features, including facial recognition and photo-tagging, violated Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act.

BIPA is a stringent law that prohibits companies from collecting and storing biometric identifiers, such as fingerprints and facial recognition data, without obtaining explicit consent from individuals and informing them how their data will be used and stored.

Eligibility and Participation

The lawsuit applied to anyone who lived in Illinois from August 10, 2015, to August 16, 2023, and used the Instagram app. Eligible individuals had until September 27, 2023, to file their claims.

This eligibility window was crucial as it ensured that a broad spectrum of affected individuals could participate in the settlement.

Payments and Settlement

On Friday, Illinois residents who participated in the lawsuit received $32.56 each.

This payout is part of the larger $68.5 million settlement that Instagram, owned by Meta (formerly Facebook), agreed to pay.

This case is one of several recent settlements in which social media platforms have had to compensate users for biometric data privacy violations.

Broader Implications

Illinois’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) has become a critical piece of legislation in protecting user privacy.

This lawsuit’s enforcement sets a precedent for other states considering similar laws.

Companies are now more aware of the stringent requirements they must follow to avoid hefty fines and legal battles.

Facebook and Other Platforms

This case against Instagram is not isolated.

Facebook, Instagram’s parent company, has faced similar lawsuits and has paid out for violating BIPA.

These legal actions highlight the increasing scrutiny of tech companies regarding data privacy and the growing movement to hold them accountable.

Conclusion

The successful distribution of payments to Illinois residents signifies a victory for consumer privacy rights and sets a notable precedent in biometric data protection.

As technology evolves, such legal frameworks will safeguard individual privacy against intrusive data collection practices.

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