Six Flags Great America in Gurnee has agreed to pay a $36 million class-action privacy lawsuit and certain season pass holders and park visitors could receive up to $200.
The lawsuit was brought to the Lake County Circuit Court in 2016 by Stacy and Alexander Rosenbach against Six Flags.
The lawsuit, filed by lawyers Mark Bulgarelli and Phillip Bock, alleged that Six Flags Great America collected finger-scan data without complying with the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).
The Biometric Information Privacy Act prohibits private companies from collecting or purchasing a person’s biometric identifiers or information without first providing that person with written notice of particular information and obtaining their written release.
Six Flags has denied that they violated BIPA in any way.
The corporation denied that the finger scanners collected biometric identifiers but said that members and season pass holders were provided with written notice and consented to the use of the finger scanners.
The parties in the class-action lawsuit proposed a $36 million settlement, which is pending approval by the court, that will resolve all claims about the finger scans, the plaintiffs’ lawyers said.
People who first had their finger scanned when entering the Gurnee-based theme park between October 1, 2013, and April 30, 2016, can receive up to $200, payable in five installments.
People who first had their finger scanned when entering the park between May 1, 2016, and December 31, 2018, can receive up to $60, payable in five installments.
Payments do not increase in relation to the number of times a person visited the park or had scanned their finger.
Six Flags has refused to publicly comment on the suit.
Those interested in submitting a claim can do so by visiting www.themeparksettlement.com.