Class-action set­tle­ment: Illi­nois res­i­dents have six days to file claim in $68 mil­lion Insta­gram set­tle­ment

Illi­nois res­i­dents who used Insta­gram with­in the past eight years have six days to file a claim in the state’s $68 mil­lion class-action law­suit against the plat­form.
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, which 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 denies the alle­ga­tions but agreed to reach a set­tle­ment with the state. 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.
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 o …