July 1, 2022

What you need to know

  • Google has agreed to a $100 million settlement that it will pay in violation of state law.
  • A feature in Google Photos was found to have violated Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).
  • Valid claims are estimated to receive anywhere between $200 and $400 from the settlement.

Google has agreed to pay a $100 settlement after a lawsuit alleged that a feature in Google Photos violated state law. The feature in question is Face Grouping, which automatically identifies people in images using AI and organizes them into groups, so they’re easier to find.

The feature apparently violated the Illinois Biometric Information Protection Act (BIPA), which requires that companies provide written policy over the biometric data collected, including “retina or iris scan, fingerprint, voiceprint, or scan of hand or face geometry.” The policy must state how a company plans to use the data, how long it will be kept, and how it will be destroyed.