Santa Clara, CA: Snapchat is facing a privacy class action lawsuit filed by two users who allege the social media company stores information on them which made them susceptible to identify theft.
The lawsuit, filed by Jose Luis Martinez and Malcolm Neal on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, claims that the multimedia service provider violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.
Specifically, the plaintiffs allege that their biometrics were compromised, placing them at heightened risk for identity theft. They allege that Snapchat’s lenses feature, which adds special effects, stores users' face templates. The plaintiffs assert that Snapchat is responsible because the defendant allegedly collected, stored and used their biometric identifiers' and biometric information without providing notice or obtaining informed written consent and failed to provide a publicly available written policy.
The plaintiffs are represented by Tina Wolfson of Ahdoot & Wolfson PC in West Hollywood, California; Katrina Carroll and Kyle A. Shamberg of Lite DePalma Greenberg LLC in Chicago, Illinois; and Jorge Gamboa of Stephan Zouras LLP in Chicago, Illinois.
The case is US District Court for the Central District of California Case number 2:16-cv-05182.