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After picture app privacy concerns, Google settles a lawsuit with Illinois residents for $100 million.

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After Google was accused of breaking Illinois privacy rules, Illinois residents are entitled to earn a fraction of a $100 million class-action settlement.

Regarding the usage of a face regrouping tool in the Google Photos app, the company was charged with violating the Biometric Information Privacy Act.

The technique was used by Google to rank faces in photos based on their similarity. According to the lawsuit, the firm did not obtain millions of customers’ agreements before utilising the technology.

As a result, Illinois individuals who appeared in an app photo between May 1, 2015, and April 25, 2022, may be entitled to compensation. The Google settlement was filed in Cook County Circuit Court on April 14th. According to the complaint, Google denies any misconduct but agrees to take steps to ensure future compliance with Illinois privacy regulations.

The settlement stated, “Defendant will design, publish, and adhere to a retention policy in which it will commit to deleting face models or face templates linked with Google Photos users’ accounts.”Google also commits to not selling, leasing, or trading face templates or face models to any third parties, and to keeping, transmitting, and safeguarding face templates and face models from disclosure using the same security procedures it uses to protect its other sensitive data.

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