Meta, the umbrella company of Facebook and Instagram, allegedly violated Illinois’s Biometric Information Privacy Act by “collecting and storing biometric identifiers and/or biometric information,” such as physical characteristics, that can be used to identify people.
Eligible recipients include those who used Instagram while in Illinois at any time between Aug. 10, 2015, and Aug. 16, 2023. The settlement administrator said the payout includes both minors and adults.
Meta agreed to reach a settlement with the state despite denying the allegations.
Eligible Illinois residents have until Sept. 27 to file a claim and receive a portion of the $68.5 million settlement. Those who wished to be exempt from the terms of the settlement had to file a letter by Aug. 16, 2023. Those who wanted to stay in the settlement class but wanted to object to the settlement or the payouts needed to file an objection by Aug. 16, as well.
The settlement fund will pay for all settlement payments, settlement administration expenses, taxes, and tax expenses, service awards to class representatives, and fee awards to class counsel.
Those who are eligible can file a claim at instagrambipasettlement.com.
The final approval hearing for the settlement is scheduled for Oct. 11. A court decision will be released at a pending date after the hearing, and payments will be distributed to those who submitted a claim.
The Instagram suit follows several settlements between the state and Big Tech companies such as Google and Facebook, resulting in hundreds of Illinois residents receiving payouts.