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United States Privacy Digest | Google’s $100M BIPA settlement approved and other updates Related reading: Martin Abrams: A look back at a career in information privacy and consumer policy




  • A judge granted preliminary approval of Google’s $100 million class-action settlement over allegations the company’s face grouping tool violates the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, SecurityInfoWatch reports. If a final order is approved, Illinois residents who appeared in an image on the Google Photos application within the last seven years may be eligible to receive between $200 and $400.
  • Plaintiffs are asking an appeals court to revive a lawsuit alleging Google, YouTube and others violated children’s privacy by using their personal online identifying data to track and profile their online activities, Law Street Media reports. The case had previously been rejected by a Northern District of California court.
  • A federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California approved an $85 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit against Zoom, Insurance Journal reports. Millions of Zoom users sued the company and claimed their privacy rights were violated after Zoom sold personal data to social media companies and hackers interrupted video conferencing calls by so-called “zoombombing” meetings. 

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