Posted BY: RM | NwoReport

A class action lawsuit claiming Google illicitly uses a facial-recognition program to sort pictures in Google Photos resulted in the search giant agreeing to a $100 million settlement this spring. Individuals whose likenesses appeared in a Google Photos album could be eligible for a chunk of the payout —  but there are less than two weeks left before the deadline.

Plaintiffs in Rivera, et al. v. Google argue that Google Photos collects, stores and organizes pictures of residents 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. 

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Google, which has denied any wrongdoing, agreed to the multi-million-dollar payout in May. 

Eligible residents could get as much as $400, according to the plaintiffs’ attorneys, but the last day to file a claim is Sept. 24. Four days later, 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.

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