Illinois Privacy Lawsuit Investigation for Instagram, WhatsApp, Oculus Users

June 9, 2020

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At A Glance

This Alert Affects:
Illinois residents who have an Instagram, WhatsApp or Oculus VR account.
What’s Going On?
Attorneys working with are investigating whether the companies are acting in compliance with an Illinois-specific privacy law known as the Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).
What’s This Privacy Law About?
The law provides that a company must meet several requirements before it can collect Illinois consumers’ biometric information, which includes scans of people’s facial geometries or “faceprints.” These requirements include receiving a user’s written consent before collecting and storing any of their biometric data.
How a Lawsuit Can Help
A lawsuit, if filed and successful, could correct any illegal data collection practices and provide $1,000 per violation – or $5,000 if the company is found to have acted recklessly or intentionally.
What You Can Do
To help with their investigation, attorneys working with are interested in speaking to Illinois Instagram, WhatsApp and Oculus VR users. Fill out the form on this page to get in touch and to learn more about what you can do.

The information submitted on this page will be forwarded to Whitfield Bryson LLP who has sponsored this investigation.

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