According to a complaint filed on Wednesday three Snapchat app users have filed suit against its operator Snap Inc. over violations of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). The Chicago, Ill. filing says that the app’s “Lenses” feature, among other filters and features, unlawfully captures and stores users’ unique face prints without their consent.
The 33-page complaint explains that Snap, which self describes as a “camera company,” operates Snapchat, “‘a camera application that was created to help people communicate through short videos and images called ‘Snaps.’”
Snap allegedly acquired Looksery Inc., a company that developed an app which uses facial recognition technology to capture and modify a person’s facial features in real-time. Snap integrated the app, turning it into the Snapchat feature referred to as “Lenses.” The filing argues that the Lenses feature involves the “collection, use, modification, monetization and/or storage” of a user’s unique face print in violation of BIPA.
The plaintiffs are represented by Sulaiman Law Group Ltd.