Amazon Photos Biometric Privacy Lawsuit
Court: United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Hogan v. Amazon.com Inc., Case No.: 21 C 3169
Wexler Boley & Elgersma and co-counsel brought this class action against Defendant Amazon.com Inc. for violations of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).
The lawsuit alleges that, through its Amazon Photos service, Amazon has for years violated the Biometric Information Privacy Act by collecting and selling the biometric data of thousands—if not millions—of Illinois residents without their consent. The facial‑ and image‑recognition software that is built into Amazon Photos (Rekognition) automatically scans the facial geometry of any person who appears in a photo uploaded to Photos, thereby unlawfully collecting the person’s biometric data
The lawsuit also alleges that Amazon has and continues to violate the Act and wrongfully profit from its database of facial scans by using the biometric information it obtains from Amazon Photos to improve Rekognition. This makes the Rekognition technology more profitable to Amazon, which sells Rekognition products and services to businesses, law enforcement agencies, and other entities.
The lawsuit seeks to provide relief to Illinois residents whose biometric data was wrongfully collected, harming the substantive privacy interests that BIPA was established to protect.
To view a copy of the complaint, click here.